Born and raised in Indianapolis, Myrrh de Marmion remembers always coloring, creating, snipping bits of fabric, embroidering, sewing, painting. 'I was always a very creatively busy kid.' She studied art, music, dance, and voice in her younger years before heading into a more mainstream career in 1978.
Feeling the call for a creative pastime, in 1982 Myrrh bought a neighbor's old sewing machine, sat herself down and taught herself how to sew. 'I was totally, helplessly addicted to fabric after that,' Myrrh claims, to the point where she started buying up bolts of unprocessed silks and cottons, experimented with fabric dyes and paints, and soon formed her own high-end women's lingerie and art wear/home accessories/textile wall art company called Pieced on Earth by Late Bloomers. She sold at boutiques and art galleries in the Minneapolis and Duluth areas, and took part in many art and runway shows. Pieced on Earth enjoyed a good seven years of success until when sales began to dwindle after September 11, 2001. 'Sadly, a lot of textile artists I knew closed their businesses or shifted gears after that.'
Having moved back and forth across the US several times made it difficult for Myrrh to maintain any sort of formal 'business' so she began importing antique textiles - silk saris and kimono pieces - and also began hunting down unusual designer ready to wear at consignment shops and created a line of upcycled purses, dance skirts and flowy tribal dance wear. 'I was so hungry for creativity after a long dry spell. I was dancing quite a bit and had hooked up with a troop of belly dancers, and adopted many aspects of their costumes. I have a deep love of the exotic and wanted to express that in the clothing I designed and wore.'
At the same time, Myrrh was also painting mandalas and free-form symbological 'glyphs' on silk with fabric dyes, and also on paper with pastels. This was a form of artistic meditation for her and her collection grew to well over 52 glyphs, which she photograhed and fashioned into a card deck. One night, playing with one of her graphics program, she discovered a way to morph some of her glyphs into fractal, kaleidoscopic mandalas. 'My new art form was born! I fell in love with digital art and all the etheric, nebular possibilities it offered. She took many of her 52 glyphs and created intricate, meditative fractal mandalas from them. So many of her friends raved about them and wanted to purchase them she decided to start selling them.
Besides the mandalas, Myrrh has started several new series of pastels - one a Goddess series and the other a structural almost architectural series. She's also long found creative outlet in jewelry making with natural stones and recently discovered Paper Clay. She's currently creating Goddess pendants sculpted from Paper Clay paired with semi-precious stones and copper wire.