Bio

Bio

Marcelyn Bennett-Carpenter is an interdisciplinary fiber artist, activist, and educator. She currently serves as the Artist-in-Residence of the Kingswood Weaving Studio at Cranbrook (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, USA) which is the largest hand-weaving studio in North America and is devoted to educating young artists. Bennett-Carpenter earned a Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) in Fiber from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2003. Bennett-Carpenter has taught at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina and attended the Open Residency at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Bennett-Carpenter maintains an active practice through her studio in Pontiac, Michigan, and exhibits throughout North America including Extreme Fibers: Icons and the New Edge (Muskegon Art Museum), Landscapes Real and Imagined (Site: Brooklyn, New York), and The Social Fabric (Textile Society of America, Vancouver, British Columbia). Recent work includes a commission for the Applebaum Family Foundation (Birmingham, Michigan) and a large-scale installation for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center (Detroit). Marcelyn is also co-founder of the Namtenga Soundo Babisi Studio in Burkina Faso, West Africa established in 2007. This weaving co-op is now an active, empowered, and fully independent weaving enterprise for over thirty women in a remote village on the edge of the Sahara.