Before calling Richmond home, Marie spent seven years living and working at Penland School of Crafts in the mountains of North Carolina. There, she became obsessed with making shoes, quilts, and other weird stuff out of fabric and paper. Her time at Penland also fostered and developed her love for fine woodworking and marquetry. Guided by Anni Albers’ notion that any material is worth making art with, Marie is interested in using unpretentious materials in new ways to subvert what is known or expected.
Fornaro earned her Master of Fine Arts in Craft and Material Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University and a Bachelor of Art and Design from the College of Design at North Carolina State University in 2008.
January - March 2020