Martha S. Heimbaugh
Martha is a native of Kansas and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Kansas State University. She worked as a Coastal Engineering Research Scientist at the Waterways Experiment Station in Vicksburg, Mississippi and then later moved to Kansas City, working as a Cost Engineer. In 1994, Martha left engineering to raise a family at home and opened her home based fiber art studio. Today, her career as an artist allows her to share her love of science and engineering along with her passion for creative problem solving and fiber with both children and adults.
Martha's work is known for her use of color and attention to textural detail. Her paintings are achieved with professional grade pigment based fabric paints, using both traditional and non-traditional application methods.
Martha is a past recipient of the Kansas Arts Commission Mini-Fellowship Award. Her works hang in many private collections throughout the Midwest, California, and Japan and are featured in Corporate, Educational, and Museum collections in both Missouri and Kansas. Public Collections include the Beach Museum of Art on the campus of Kansas State University, Hilltop Child Development Center on the campus of Kansas University, and the formerly Interstate Bakeries Corporation R&D Building in Kansas City, Missouri.
In 2002 Martha's work was chosen for the Visions International Exhibition in Waco, Texas. Her work was one of 133 International Art Objects exhibited and one of only two fiber pieces chosen for the show and featured in the show catalog. Today her work continues to be juried into both National and Regional level shows.
Exploring and pushing the boundaries of the fiber world; whether it be her large three-dimensional bowls and vessels, her quilted fabric paintings, or her felted vessels and landscapes, her drive to express herself through the fiber medium and connect with a diverse audience continues. Martha is dedicated to engaging creativity and craftsmanship in all her works and has established a lasting legacy through the medium of fiber.