About Marilyn Akerson-Corbitt


Artist Statement

I create art pieces of texture and color using materials at hand.

As a child, I was always busy drawing, painting, sewing, and building birdhouses in the barn. I developed a sense of using materials at hand (scraps) to create works of art. I spent hours and hours in my Mom’s 1acre flower garden filled with bugs, bees, butterflies, flowers, and foliages allowing me to experience nature’s unlimited colors and textures. This became the thread that would weave through my life.
In college, I majored in Textiles, Clothing & Design, where I learned the technical meaning of color and texture.

I then experienced real life color and rough texture in the corporate world while raising my son and putting him through college to get him on his way in life. Finally after loss of most of my family, marriage, home, And even my cat within a very short period of time, my talent for using materials at hand to create artwork with texture and color came through to envelope my life. Today I am blessed with a beautiful studio in which I seriously create mini masterpieces using materials at hand. Recycling has become a major part of my work. I use it in my weaving, fabric construction, designs, and embellishments for wearables and wall pieces I create.



University of Nebraska – MBA , minor in design
University of Nebraska– BS Textiles, Clothing, Design


2019 Tilton Paris Tour

Teaching fiber classes 2014 & QSDS approved instructor

– Asst Grad Prof - University of Nebraska
History of Textiles, Perspective Rendering, Design I labs

- QSDS 2014 "Added dimensions in Felt"

Store Design
– designed first 35 Victoria Secret Stores for The Limited, Max & Erma restaurants, Drug Emporiums, Imperial Garden Restaurants, Westerville Athletic Club

Fixture Design
– Victoria’s Secret, Worthington Plastics, Autoparts Warehouse. A&I Associates Brass Furniture, SOHIO, and Westerville Athletic Clubs

Book covers, brochures, and letterheads
– University of Nebraska Business College, U.S. Federal System Micronesian Business Program,
Albers & Associates, Interiors Diversified

Signage Design
– Department of Highway Safety State of Ohio, Victoria Secret, Drug Emporium

Shopping Center Management
– Lane Ave Shopping Center (105 stores) The Continent (50 acre mixed use project)

Store Management
– DeJaVu, J.Jill, Coldwater Creek


2002 Cultural Arts Center – Columbus, Ohio 1mo exhibition
2003 Kristins Gallery – Santa Fe, N.M. 2 mo trunk show
2006 HGA Convergence fashion show – “Blueberry Coat”
2006 Gerald Ford Museum –“Less Is More on White” – 6 week exhibition
2007 NQA Columbus, Ohio “Water Lily Kin”
2008 HGA Convergence – Dance of the Flamingos fashion show – “Tropical Parrot Jacket”
2010 Niche exhibit of Finalists – “Soft Sunset”
2011 Albuquerque Fiber Arts Fiesta – “Oriole Abode”
2011 Winterfair-Ohio Designer Craftsman- juried 4 day show
2011 – 2014 SAQA trunk show world tour – “Cool Water World”
2012 Ohio Designer Craftsman – Best of 2012 – “Soft Focus”
2013 Midwest Surface Design Assoc. Chicago Exhibition – Always Something - “Curves in Progress”, “Opening up the World”, “Reclining Outgrowth”
2013 Ohio Designer Craftsman – Best of 2013 – “Vibrant Outburst”
2013 Winterfair – Ohio Designer Craftsman - juried 4 day show
2013 Zanesville Museum of Art - Superlatives II Ohio Quilts – 3 month exhibition – “Its From the Earth”
2013 – 2015 SAQA “Metaphors on Aging” traveling exhibition England, Africa, USA . . . “Unseen Images of Aging”
2013 Fiber 577 Perrysburg, Ohio –“Curves in Progress” &” Vibrant Outburst”
2014 Focus Fiber at Wayne Art Center – Erie, Pa. “Quilt Anatomy”
2014 Winterfair – Ohio Designer Craftsman – juried 4 day show
2014 HGA Convergence – All That Jazz fashion show – “Jazzy Python Vest” - Honorable Mention
2014 Ohio Designer Craftsman – Best of 2014 – “Cascading Wool” – Barbara Robinson Award for Excellence in traditional craft.
2014 -Quilt & Surface Design Symposium – approved to teach – at Columbus College of Art & Design
2014 Niche exhibit of finalists – “Imaging of Aging”
2015 Winterfair – Ohio Designer Craftsman – juried 4 day show
2016 Solo Exhibition – Ohio Wesleyan University – 14 pieces – 3 month exhibition
2020 Roycroft juried summer show. (canceled due to covid 19)
2021 Roycroft juried summer show
2022 Roycroft juried summer show
2022 Western MY Fiber Show
2023 Roycroft juried summer show


1973 “Design” magazine – “Line”
1974 “Design” magazine – “Texture”
2002 “Crafts Report” magazine – suede jacket
2006 Notions Magazine – “Denim Dominoes” jacket – Honorable mention for most creative use of fabric
2006 Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine (fall) – “Blueberry Coat”
2006 Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine (winter) – “Tropical Parrot Jacket”
2007 Shuttle Spindle & Dyepot magazine (winter) – “Less is More on White”
2012 Studios magazine – 3 page spread featuring my studio
2013 Patchwork Tsushin magazine – “Cool Water World”
2014 Niche magazine – “Unseen Imaging of Aging”
2014 Fiber 577 – “Vibrant Outburst “ on the cover of the catalog
2014 Focus Fiber Catalog – Quilt Anatomy
2016 “World Wide Colours of Felt” book – “Quilt Anatomy”
2022 Shuttle, Dyepot, & Spindle magazine (winter)


Michelle Obama has accepted one of my chenille wrap jackets into her wardrobe
Omicron Nu – University of Nebraska scholastic honorary
1st runner up – Most Creative Use of Fabric Simplicity Pattern Co. 2004
2009 Niche Award finalist for "Soft Sunset"
2010 Niche Award finalist for "Soft Focus"
Best of 2012, 2013- Ohio Designer Craftsman
Niche 2014 finalist for "Unseen Images of Aging"
Best of 2014 by the Ohio Designer Craftsman
Barbara Robinson Award for Excellence in Traditional Craft 2014
Roycroft Artisan Status by Rowcrofters at large Assoc


Fiona Dothe
Ruth McDowel
Caryl Bryer Fallert
Katie Pasquini-Masopust
Jane Sassaman
Sue Benner
Marcy Tilton
Diane Erickson
Martien Van Zulen
Pam Macgregor
Marjolein Dallinga
Andrea Graham
Anna Gunnarsdottir
Gudrun Steingrinsdottir
Amira Mudfaery
Pam MacGreggor
Jone Rakoski
Hille Husse
Maureen Kelman
Jean Gauger
Yekatarina Mokeyova
Pat Pauly
Rachel Clark
Esterita Austin & Marjolaine Arsenault