Martha Seely

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Art comes not from my brain, but from my heart.

And much of my heart and soul is filled with color, texture, style and humor.

Angelina® fiber is my medium of choice for my artwork because it allows me to use the senses I developed as a costume designer. I touch the fiber, paint with it, iron it, cut it and add things to it. I play with it.

The fiber colors are intense — unlike most colors in nature, but it is the sparkle of them is brings out the child in me, the same way making jewelry with sparkling gem stones does.

When I was in graduate school we had a saying — “in the heart of every (costume) designer, there is a sequin.” For me, I think that statement still is true and is what keeps me enthralled with my chosen materials.

My foray into fiber began the theatricality of the fiber itself — and began with large floral collages made from fiber, tulle netting and sequins. As I have continued to work with Angelina┬«, my art has moved into much more complex works that incorporate my darker emotions and life issues, even when the final work is a landscape based on what I see. The theatricality has become secondary to the ideas and process — yet much of that process is still an exploration of the materials and how I can convey who I am through those materials.

The pieces begin with what I see in real life. The creative process of working with the materials, my emotions and my research drives where they end. From day to day, my image of Neverland changes, so that sometimes it is the darkness that resonates; sometimes it is the color and sometimes it is the humor. Each piece has its own need and it is not my conscious decision that determine the final look, but what the image itself demands.

Martha also creates her own line of jewelry.


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Martha Seely was born in Syracuse New York, but has been a New England resident since early childhood living outside of Boston for the last 25 years. She lived abroad for a number of years and travels whenever possible.

She studied under well-known artists and designers: Jill Pottle, Lunenburg, MA; Richard Lagasse, Arlington, MA; Cletus Anderson, Carnegie- Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA; and Maureen McCabe, Connecticut College, New London, CT,

For much of her career, Ms Seely was a costume designer and a stylist in the television and film business. A graduate of the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University, Seely has now applied her talents to jewelry making and the art seen on this website. “Making art and creating beauty has been my life and it continues to move me forward,” Seely said. Color, light, energy, and subtle grace mark the quality of her creations.

Since she began to show her artwork in 2007, it has been well received, taking a First Place in a local show and selling in local galleries.

Martha also creates her own line of jewelry.


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