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Artist Bio

Margaret Timbrell (b. 1979, São Paulo, Brazil) is a conceptual needlework artist. Her work is inspired by various influences (such as technology, parenthood, perseverance and fragility) that alter language and engagement. Timbrell was a National Merit Scholar at New York University where she earned a Bachelor in Science in Studio Art. Timbrell has exhibited at the De Young Museum, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, Root Division and other galleries. She was featured in the Washington Post, SF Examiner, LA Times, Bust Magazine and Star Magazine. In 2012 she was selected as a Heart Artist for SF General’s annual fundraiser. In 2018, Timbrell was the Artist in Residence at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. In 2019 she completed a 15’ latch hook portrait of Minnie Pearl for the Graduate Hotel in Nashville. In 2021 she had a solo, The Unicorn, at the Great Highway Gallery. In Fall of 2022 her solo show “If Only” opened in Nashville. She is most known for her 15’ latch hook portrait of Minnie Pearl hanging at the Graduate Hotel in Nashville. Because of this, Timbrell’s work was profiled on Handcrafted Hotels : Nashville available on Discovery+. Timbrell currently lives and works in San Francisco.

Currently on demand, “Handcrafted Hotels” on Discovery+ profiles Timbrell’s art practice.

Coming soon:

-Graduate Hotels Coffee Book featuring Timbrell’s Minnie Pearl piece

-Publication of the children’s book “The Girl Who Loved to Draw” by Dr. Bruce Scharschmidt, illustrated by Margaret Timbrell & Madison Whiteley

Artist Statement

Upon graduation from NYU I entered a photography based art career. However, after a very bad accident, I could no longer work in the darkroom so I began needlepointing. This practice soon expanded to other fields of technically advanced needlework, including embroidery, cross stitch, as well as needlepoint. 

I consider myself a conceptual needlework artist who uses the craft to reflect vulnerability, failure, and perseverance. An over arching source of inspiration with my work is the influence of the external. 

For my work I am constantly researching and learning about the different styles and histories of needlework. In this way I am able to marry the traditional and historical context of a technique with the conceptual elements, creating work that can be appreciated both by a sophisticated stitcher and by the average viewer.