Marilyn Rea-Menzies

Marilyn Rea-Menzies

Tutor of Tapestry Weaving
Contemporary Textile & Multi-Media Artist – Exhibitor - Studio/Gallery Director - Award Winner
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Meet Your Tutor - Marilyn Rea-Menzies

Marilyn has been passionate about tapestry for many years - she loves the process and feels that she is very much part of a long continuum of tapestry weaving on this planet, dating back over 5000 years.

An award-winning artist, drawing and painting has always been huge in Marilyn's life and still forms a large part of her art practice, but once she discovered the wonderful medium of tapestry weaving in the early 1980's it very quickly took over her life and became her major passion.

Tapestry is a medium that is full of intense visual and tactile beauty. Colours blend in an optical way, and every crossing over of warp and weft forms a pixel of colour. The original pointillism!

"Many of my design concepts deal with the deconstruction and reconstruction of images in many different ways. I enjoy breaking up and distorting shapes and spaces to create new images from old. I also respond to the grid format and much of my contemporary work relates to this interest.

I also enjoy taking small things out of scale and enlarging them greatly. Many New Zealand native flowers particularly, are very small and insignificant, almost unnoticeable, but very, very beautiful close-up. I love to find beauty in the things that we normally walk over and do not see."

Artist and tutor of Tapestry Weaving, Marilyn Rea-Menzies smiles in front of her tapestry artwork of a New Zealand Pīwakawaka (fantail).
A red, white and brown tapestry in unique blob shape.
Student weaving their tapestry, following a sketched design.