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Artist Bio

Margaret Timbrell (b. Brazil) is a conceptual needlework artist with a multi-disciplinary degree from NYU.  Her work is inspired by various influences (such as technology, parenthood, perseverance and failure) that alter language and engagement. Timbrell has exhibited at the De Young Museum, San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles, Eleanor Harwood Gallery, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art and other galleries. She was featured in the SF Examiner, LA Times, Bust 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.

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.