Margaret Timbrell was born in Brazil, raised in San Francisco and graduated from NYU with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art. In San Francisco she has exihibited at SOEX, Mark Wolfe Gallery, di Pietro Todd, Incline Gallery. In New York her work has shown at Family Business in NY, Superior Gallery in the LES, and Bronfman Center. Her work has appeared in the SF Examiner, LA Times, Bust Magazine, Blouin Art Info. In 2012 she was selected as a Heart Artist for the Heroes & Hearts annual fundraiser benefiting SF General. In 2015 and 2016 she was one of the artists showcased at the StARTup Fair San Francisco. In late Spring 2017 Margaret was the Artist in Residence at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles.

Artist Statement: 
Margaret Timbrell is an artist working in multiple media. Timbrell graduated from NYU in 2001, focusing on photography and painting. An accident left her unable to work in the darkroom, and as she recovered, refocusing on her painting, she began working in needlepoint, developing at first variations on her abstract painting. This developed into a practice which delves into the traditional designs and content of the craft while exploring aspects of contemporary life. Needlework is a bit of a rabbit hole. The different patterns mean different things, follow different rules, and she has set about breaking the model while experimenting within various traditional styles, resulting in work enjoyable in a historical context and as purely aesthetic objects. Needlework and textiles occupy an odd world somewhere between craft and art, human and technology. She especially enjoys the relationship almost everyone has to needlework- an Aunt or Mother or Grandmother who stitched- and the joy with which people share these memories. It’s an interesting, mostly female, history. Timbrell incorporates a wide variety of content into her works, from simple nostalgic stitch-kits from the seventies, crowd-sourced instances of autocorrect fails, and the sometimes mundane aspects of being a parent as well as an artist.