Mardell is a studio artist at Studio Southwynde in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada where she can be found surrounded by luscious textiles, working at her design wall and on her sewing machine.
Mardell began exhibiting her textile art in 2007. Show venues include Korea, Taiwan, the U.S., and across Canada. Mardell's textile paintings are on display in Canadian, US and Australian homes.
As one of the ways Mardell gives back to her community, 10% of all sales are donated to the Food Bank in Vancouver, B.C.
I make abstract textile paintings to bring beauty into our world. I enjoy working in series, which allows me to explore ideas in multiple directions. Current series delve into themes around balance, equilibrium connection, beaches and architecture.
Colour, texture, line and shape fascinate me. These factors, in combination with the tactile nature of fabric draw me to the studio daily to work on my art. I hand dye, paint and mark cotton fabric to use in my work, in combination with commercially available cottons.
The artwork is constructed by cutting the individual pieces freehand and then sewing them together. Once this surface is created, it is layered with batting and backing. Finally, additional texture is added by dense stitching using a cotton thread mostly by machine, and occasionally by hand.
Photo credit: Michele Mateus Photography