Marjorie Taylor is originally from Nova Scotia, but lived for many years in Eugene, Oregon where she was Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon. Her research was on the development of imagination in children and she is author of Imaginary Companions and the Children Who Create Them” (Oxford University Press).
Marjorie is a self-taught artist whose work includes fabric brain art (neuroscience imagery in hooked rugs, beadwork and quilting), wearable art, and fabric sculptures. Her work has been exhibited in England, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA and featured in numerous publications (e.g., Science) and online sites (e.g., Slate). Her dresses made of recycled materials have been finalists in the World of Wearable Art International Design Competition (New Zealand) and worn at the Nobel Prize Ceremony in Sweden.
Her most recent work – which is on display at Orcas Island Artworks -- is “vegan taxidermy:” animal replicas that are a mix of realism and fantasy. For these one-of-a-kind pieces, Marjorie creates armatures by sculpting hard foam forms or wrapping wire with paper or aluminum foil and layers of paper mache. She covers the armatures with a wide range of materials including faux fur, chenille, tapestry fabrics, and velvet. Her favorite type of covering is vintage needlepoint that she buys on ebay. Finally, Marjorie embellishes the animals with lace, fabric trims, ribbon, beads, and various other materials (e.g., tiny watch pieces). No actual animal parts are used in the construction. Marjorie’s vegan taxidermy has been in several juried shows and has twice won “Best in Show” awards.