Marie-Hélène Martin Textile art
I was introduced to textile crafts and sewing techniques at an early age, by my mother and grandmother. This first led me to pursue a DEC in Fashion Design at the Campus-Notre-Dame-de-Foy, from which I graduated in 2000. For nine years I worked in fashion companies, occupying various positions, including pattern maker. I then operate my own company, for four years, with a colleague, we were specialized in made-to-measure clothing.
In 2013, with the desire to reconnect to a more artistic side of myself and in search of knowledge related more closely to the textile itself, I enroll in a DEC in crafts: Textile construction, at the Cégep Limoilou / La maison des métiers d’art de Québec. There, I fell in love with traditional and jacquard weaving. Although this DEC is not yet completed, I am active in the textile artists community, as a member of Module: Groupe de recherche en tissage jacquard and as a workshop instructor both at the Maison des métiers d’art de Québec. I am now creating jacquard weaving artworks and pursuing my research and experimentations in this field and other textile techniques.
I live and work close to nature, in Portneuf (a small town near Quebec City), from where I originate.