Having been an artist and learned how to sew at the age of 7. It was a natural for Marianne to continue on this path.Vancouver is home for Marianne. She has always been inspired by nature and architecture. She graduated with a diploma in Fashion Design and Merchandising in 1983. After 27 years working with a Fashion Designer and becoming an expert in every aspect of the company, she launched her own company, Art to Wear. She creates a collection of One Of A Kind clothing, jewellery and accessories. She uses her skills to create unique fabrics by hand painting, hand dying and printing on Natural Fibres with Linen being a favorite. She loves to cut the garments on the bias & asymmetrical. Tunics & Wraps, Dresses, Pants, Skirts, Jackets including Reversible Raincoats, Belts. Jewellery is designed and made to go with her creations. Marianne has sold in select markets and Pop Up Stores. She has also sold in some select boutique’s. She has organized her own Fashion Shows as well as being involved in many Fund Raising Events.
Marianne has a passion for colour, texture, drape and 3 dimensional fabrics. She first creates the design, makes the pattern then cuts the piece and either hand dyes, prints. hand paints or discharges the colour on the fabric. Her favorite fabrics to work with are Woven Linens, Knitted Linens, Silks, Bamboo, Rayon, Viscose and Wool. The item is cut, dyed, painted, printed, sewn and finished in house in Vancouver. It is a lengthy process but well worth it to create a one of a kind piece ( slow clothing). Marianne loves to cut on angles, asymmetric and bias cuts. She also creates a collection of One Of a Kind hand painted, hand printed, hand dyed silk tunics and dresses along with a collection of water resistant Raincoats. More of her pieces include dresses, skirts, pants, jackets, vests, tunics, wraps, scarves, wide leather belts. The entire collection is done in her home studio/ workshop in Vancouver including her One Of A Kind Jewellery Collection. She continues to learn new techniques in creating very unique pieces for her clients keeping in mind the importance of repurposing, reusing and minimal waste as well as working with more natural dyes.