About Martha

My home is in Port Townsend, northwest of Seattle, Washington. Port Townsend has miles of beaches, gardens overflowing with flowers and organic produce, unstoppable blackberries, and lots of dogs, music and art.Martha Worthley

You will find these themes throughout my work. I spent hours as a child both playing outdoors and learning meticulous methods of sewing and knitting from my mother. The décor of our home in the 50’s and 60’s helped to form my aesthetic, embracing pattern, design, color, and all things vintage. These influences combined with a lifetime of travel and engagement with arts education further enrich my perspective.

I was born in Providence, Rhode Island and headed west after high school to join the mid-70s ferment of ceramic sculptors and painters at the San Francisco Art Institute (BFA 1977). In the late 90’s I also studied textile design and printing at Rhode Island School of Design and Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.

Working with Krishna Patel at RISD in the printing studio was an immersion into a world of fine craft, pushing the concept of textiles. The lines completely blurred between printing on textiles and creating large painted images. The imagery and concepts of this time have inspired my large-scale work in watercolor on paper, using wide rolls of watercolor paper like bolts of fabric.

I invite you to look at my design work for art licensing stemming from this background in painting and textiles.