One does not need to work strictly in paint and stone to be considered a fine artist. Once a craft, embroidery is every bit a high art as any other material. And so it is with artist Natalia Margulis whose work patterns painters like Monet. Her intricate carefully rendered worksare sensuous to the eye and tactile to the touch.
National and International exhibited fiber artist Natalia Margulis was born in Russia and graduated from Saint Petersburg University. Since 1993 she worked in U.S.A. as full time artist. Participating in the most prestigious art and craft shows, she has gained recognition and won numerous top awards in contests. Her works were published in the books and magazines, and she taught embroidery classes.
"Inspired by nature's sublime beauty, I use a needle as a versatile instrument to recreate our natural environment as an embroidered textile. With my stitchery I investigate and express the endless transformation of nature through the seasons from new life to decay. The fluid and supple qualities of fiber allow me to reconstruct the natural forms and textures which fascinate me. Each piece is influenced by my desire to share and bring more meaning and joy into our lives. I am especially interested in creating the illusions of movement, delicacy, light and shadow.
Embroidered pictures, by means of their softness and vulnerability, awaken a deep sense of belonging to the organic world: through visual perception we experience physical tactility. The fragility of fiber is used to indicate the fragility of the world and reflects my passionate desire to help save and protect it. Trying to expand the possibilities to express myself, I include all kinds of hand and machine stitches and often some elements of other fiber techniques such as dyeing, fusing, gilding, beading, heat distressing and embossing. These are my tools to achieve my art."