Conversation With Marjolein Dallinga: Canada

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Marjolein Dallinga was born in the Netherlands where she studied Fine Arts. She moved to Montréal, Canada, in 1989 to pursue her art career through making art books and jewelry. While raising a family, her creativity led her to toy making and teaching art classes. This led her to discover felting, and she now works in this medium.
The world-renowned CIRQUE DU SOLEIL became interested in Marjolein’s work, and for the last five years she has experimented with felt for their costume design while also creating final products for their shows. 
Marjolein has her own company,, and works from her studio with sewing and dyeing rooms. She has taught felting for thirteen years in North America, Europe, and Australia and New Zealand. Last year she won two awards for her costumes made for the WOW (world of wearable art) in New Zealand.
CONVERSATION WITH THE MAKERS Did you always envision a life as an artist?
MARJOLEIN DALLINGER Yes,it is something I have lots of love and energy for

CWTM What was your first experience with making art?
MD When I decorate the wheels of my bicycle as a very young girl

CWTM Do you have a dedicated studio?
MD Yes ,very fortunate

CWTM Can you describe a typical day?
MD I start around 8 in the morning work until 4 ,short lunch Mostly after dinner I work some more,maybe an hour or two. This almost everyday if I am not traveling to teach .

CWTM Would you consider your art making to be more about the process than the outcome?
MD It is more abut the process .I am almost indifferent about the result. It is the journey what interest me.
An art piece has to transform me Otherwise it is not important

CWTM Do you agree that a small element of uncertainty about the finished look is what makes the process of creating so enticing?
MD Yes even big uncertainties.

CWTM Any indispensable tools or equipment?
MD Scissors, camera, iPad

CWTM Do your pieces start with a planned course of action or are they more spontaneous?
MD The start is always very intuitive

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CWTM How do you know when to “stop” – when do you consider a piece actually finished?
MD Well,I just know,but some pieces I can’t finish ,they are bridges,or stepping stones

CWTM Your greatest source of inspiration is….
MD Friction

CWTM Favourite quote?
MD Follow your bliss .

CWTM When do you do your best creative thinking?
MD When I am in love with something or somebody

CWTM What do you enjoy most about your work?
MD The love for it

CWTM Best advice you’ve ever received?
MD Just do it
CWTM Worst advice you’ve ever received?
MD Don’t remember

CWTM Best part of your day?
MD Twilight ,morning and evening

CWTM Who would be 6 people that you would invite to dinner?
MD People I love

CWTM What inspires your creativity?
MD I don’t know I just have to strong drive to do so.

CWTM What are you excited about right now in the world of textile art?
MD The sharing and buzzing ,and that it is taken more seriously

CWTM You’d be lost without…
MD My art and iPad

CWTM What would you do with a few extra hours each day?
MD Walking more and meeting friends and lovers

CWTM Your favourite luxury
MD Taking pictures with my camera

CWTM Has the advancement of computers and technology impacted your work?
MD Yes, I made my work be known by many more people

CWTM What do you enjoy most about your work?
MD That it is the best thing to do in a day. Every day

CWTM Is it important for us to be recognized by the art world and if so, how can we help affect that change?
MD Get it out ,share, show when you are ready to do so.

CWTM What is next for you?
MD Art show in Chicago ,November 2013