We have many talented artists and creatives living and working in our Farmington/Farmington Hills community and our weekly interview series, sponsored by City Life Realty, will introduce you to some of them.
Today we feature fiber artist Muriel Jacobs.
When did you first get started in the arts?
As a child I was always cutting and piecing—eventually that turned into fabric, and I took off!
Who has been a mentor to you along the way?
The Needle and Textile Guide of Michigan (also known as NTGM). Wonderfully talented women (primarily) happy to make their art and share their special talents with all of their members.
Can you describe something you’ve created that is particularly meaningful to you?
About 20 years ago, I began making memorial quilts, e.g., quilts made from the neckties of beloved members of a family, now deceased, for the widow and it opened a career of quilts that range from men’s ties to the clothing of a three-year-old child who dies tragically and completely unexpectedly. As I remember those young parents picking up their memorial quilt at our house, it still brings a lump to my throat.
And then I went on to some upbeat quilts!
Has your art appeared in any city programs or events, such as the Public Art Program at City Hall or Art on the Grand?
Yes, the City Hall Show/Exhibit for two years and a one woman show at the Costick Center from August through September in 2019.
Can you share a favorite quote about art or life?
My favorite quote for my career:
Have something to do … Something you love doing … Something to look forward to …
As a working artist, handwork (and everything I do is stitched by hand) is a rewarding form of labor and expression. Handwork resists the culture of faster and immediate. That suits me!
Are you an artist or creative living in Farmington/Hills? We’d like to feature you and your work here, too. Download our questionnaire and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org.)