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Marleen De Villiers is a mixed media artist. Her artmaking in textile art explores  the transient nature of natural cycles, in life and death and rebirth.  Current works focus on exposing the subversive themes in human relationships, such as power dynamics, estrangement in families and a questioning of the values of family heirlooms. By using and re-using traditional heirlooms and domestic objects the artist is influenced by the desire to write new stories from previously restrictive cultural and generational influences; creating a more liberating story line and subsequently bringing  new life into used, stained, distressed and broken heirlooms. 

In this exhibition an exploration and expression of threading stories in the dialogue between mind, symbolic meaning and essence is offered.

In creating necklaces the artist explores states of Being , imagination, emotion, symbolism and metaphor in order to probe into a dialogue between art and psychology. The process of making these pieces allows for an intrapersonal and spiritual reflection and  meaning-making, where art is medicine and self-adornment in the wearing of these pieces  pays homage to the wisdom and grace of beauty itself.


As with her textile art-making practice, Marleen uses materials that are natural, found, gifted and collected over many years from various places and countries around the world. Pieces are often deconstructed and re-made in order to re-use, re-purpose, re-imagine and offered a new life.



Threading Stories is a powerful exhibition revealing the interior life of artist Marleen de Villiers. We can relate, learn and find comfort in many of the stories embedded in her work. Stories with themes of desire, love, hope , compassion, loss, pain and grief ... that are universal.

Her work is expressive and visceral ... exploring and disclosing personal experiences and deep emotion.

These works invite conversation.


  • 2006: Group exhibition SUCCULENTS, curated by Theresa Lizamore (Johannesburg, South Africa)

  • 2015: SOLO at THE OCULUS, Cape Town.

  • 2015: Presenting jewelry and ceremonial pieces at Transpersonal Festival (Milan, Italy).

  • 2016 Exhibition: In Essence (Collaboration). Jewelry and ceremonial pieces. (Cape Town).

  • 2016 Group Exhibition: Ceramic Art. Curated by Louise Gelderblom. (Cape Town).

  • 2017 Bookmaking course. (Tuition).

  • 2018 Continuation of studies in ceramic art and ceramic sculpture. Tuition with sculptor Ella Cronje, Cape Town.

  • 2019 SOLO Exhibition: Post House Hotel, Greyton

  • 2020 Exhibited: The Greyton Art Walk

  • 2021 / 2022 - COVID 

  • 2023 Local Works, Stellenbosch (1 month Exhibition)

  • 2023 Oct, Invitation to Group Exhibition, McGregor

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