Marie Brate

Marie Brate

Marie Brate has been a costume designer, seamstress, milliner and knitter for over thirty years. She is a graphic designer, prize-winning handspinner, designer of wearable art, a felter and dyer who loves the effects of shibori techniques on felt. Marie has studied with Inge Bauer, Polly Sterling, Jorie Johnson and Chad Alice Hagen, among others.

“It is my goal to have felt recognized as a fine fabric for personal wear and decorative uses. I have always loved combining textures and colors to create something new and unique. Felting offers an almost infinite opportunity to explore new visual and tactile frontiers. Felt can be two dimensional or three dimensional. It can be wearable art or decorative art, thick and comforting or fine and beautifully airy. It can be shaped on its own, added to a myriad of other mediums and worked into woven fabrics for unusual effects. Teaching is very important to me. I feel very strongly about bringing felt out of the ‘brown and hairy’ category and teaching students and the public how felt truly can be a fine and beautiful medium.”

Marie has also performed as a traditional musician in the Rochester area since 1973 with Blackthorn Ceilidh Band, Sweetfern, Doc and the Snake Oil String Band, and as a member of Flint Hill Folk at the Genesee Country Museum.

Marie's work

Marie's work

Marie's work