Artist Martha Simons
Martha Simons: In the wee hours of a cold February morning, Martha awoke with alarm as she realized she would no longer create digital art. Despair commingled with the disreality of reality TV. Frustration over her country's violent aggression entwined with the provocation of her aging house with its leaking roof. Negativity and violence abounded.

Martha felt compelled to knit. She wanted to touch something real - not something conjured through a computer screen.

She picked up a pair of wooden needles whittled from a tree, not a petro-chemical product. She felt the fibers of sheep and alpaca twine through her fingers occasionally entangled with a twig that had attached itself to the animal while wondering in a field somewhere in Iceland. She washed the wool and it smelled like the peacefully musty scent of lambs coming into the barn from a rainstorm.

Art became a multi sensory, hopeful experience again as the narratives looped off of the needles. Analogies about trees emerged from the yarn. Homeless people recounted their stories as she sat by the Mississippi and knitted. Their tales mixed with her dreams and both wandered into the fibers.

Can knitting save the world? Probably not, but perhaps this tactile medium can remind us to cherish the meditative passage of time.

Martha Simons is slightly saner now that she is knitting once again. She has worked with many different mediums over her career including digital photography and 3-D glitter paint as well as watercolor, oil paint and charcoal. She holds a degree in Fine Art from Indiana University where she designed costumes for the Opera. Currently she is employed as a graphic artist by a school portrait company . Martha loosely manages her own graphic design business, Stella Dog Creations. She lives in a hulking old house with a repaired roof in Butchers Hill with her cats, Shelton and Sammy Sosa. She fantasizes about leaving everything behind and moving with her cats and an exceedingly brilliant Border Collie to an Alpaca farm in the mountains.

View samples of Martha's work on the web at or email her at

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