Bio

Marta Mouka is a textile artist who creates collages using a unique approach to needle felting. She works with woven silk, often contact-printed with plant material, to make finished textiles with a smooth texture and soft-focus colour transitions. She experiments with centuries-old techniques of dyeing with natural dyes and combines them with the more contemporary method of botanical monoprinting. 

Marta studied graphic design and visual arts at the College of Applied Arts in Brno, Czech Republic. She ran a graphic design studio in Toronto for 14 years, specializing in magazine art direction. Her extensive graphic design experience brings a strong sense of composition to her work.

Marta has been creating art for over 30 years. Since 2008 she has been a full-time textile artist, living and working in Tweed, Ontario. She has held solo shows and participated in juried group exhibitions, and she has received a number of awards. Her art is held in private collections across Canada.

 

Artist Statement

Nature Recorded on Silk and Mountain Range are ongoing series of abstract fibre artworks featuring botanical monoprints.

The organic evidence captured on silk documents the beauty, mystery, and healing properties of plant material. My work relates to Canadian nature in a very physical and literal way.

I follow centuries-old techniques of dyeing fabric with natural dyes and combine them with the more contemporary method of contact-printing with leaves, stems and flowers, and roots. The process of unlocking pigments and tannins in the botanical material is as important to me as the graphic vocabulary that shapes my work. The monoprinted silk is then collaged, needle-felted into its final form, and detailed with hand-stitching and fused silk.

In my creative process, I draw inspiration from books, Buddhist philosophy, and my daily contact with Ontario’s rural landscape.

 

CV

Solo Shows

2017 Nature Recorded on Silk, Laurier Gallery, Liberty Village, Toronto, ON

2016 My Silk Route, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

Juried Exhibitions

2018 Juried Show, Liminal– Subliminal, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2017 Headwaters Arts Festival, Alton Mills Arts Centre, Alton Village, ON

2017 Juried Show, Expressions, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2015 Juried Show, Expressions, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2015  Carnegie Craft 2015, Juried Exhibition, The Carnegie Gallery, Dundas, ON

2014  On the Wild Side, curated exhibition of fibre and textile art. Gallery 1313, Toronto, ON

2014 Juried Show, Perspectives, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2014  Backyard Perceptions, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2013  Expressions 2013, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2013  The Salon Prize, Studio 22, Kingston, ON

2012  World of Threads FestivalDe Rerum Natura, Joshua Creek Heritage Art Centre, Oakville ON

2012  Juried Show, Perspectives, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2012  Juried Show, Zeitgeist, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

2011  Juried Show, Perspectives, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON

Awards

2017 Juried Show, Expressions, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON
Award: 2017 Juror's Choice

2015 Juried Show, Expressions, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON
Award: 2015 Juror's Choice

2014  Juried Show, Perspectives, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON
Award: 2014 Outstanding Abstract

2012  Juried Show, Perspectives, John M. Parrott Gallery, Belleville, ON
Award: 2012 Impact Award

2012  Glen Murray Award

Group Exhibitions

2017  Evolving Traditions, John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville, ON

2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 — TOAE (Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition), Toronto, ON

2015  Quinte Fibre Artists, Gallery One Twenty One, Belleville, ON

2013  Evolving Traditions, John M. Parrot Gallery, Belleville, ON

1998  Little Art Show, Toronto, ON

1997  Fall Art Salon - 97, Toronto, ON

1996  Fall Art Salon - 96, Toronto, ON

1995  The Group Bijou, Toronto, ON

Education

College of Applied Arts, Brno, Czech Republic

Workshops with noted textile artists

2015  Master class with Irit Dulman

2014  Workshop with Dorothy Caldwell

2013  Workshop with Gunnel Hag

Membership

Belleville Art Association

Tweed and Area Arts Council