Margaret Timbrell

Margaret Timbrell was born in Brazil, raised in San Francisco and graduated from NYU with a Bachelors degree in Studio Art. In San Francisco she has exhibited at SOEX, Jennifer Perlmutter Gallery, di Pietro Todd, Incline Gallery. In New York her work has shown at Family Business in Chelsea, Superior Gallery in the LES, and Bronfman Center.  Her work has appeared in the SF Examiner, LA Times, Bust Magazine, Blouin Art Info.   In 2012 she was selected as a Heart Artist for the Heroes & Hearts annual fundraiser benefiting SF General. In 2015 and 2016 she was one of the artists showcased at the StARTup Fair San Francisco. Starting August 2016 Margaret joined Root Division as studio artist and one of the artist representatives for the Root Division board. 2018 Margaret will be the Artist in Residence at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles. Her work is in the collections of Marissa Mayer, Ray Beldner, Stanlee Gatti, Christine Duval, Heather Marx, and many more.

Autocorrect Fails Statement

The repurposing of items instead of buying new occupies my thoughts lately. This was heightened with the arrival of my twins.  The amount of baby stuff we buy and then discard a month or two later is staggering. Fortunately, there is the Goodwill. I was there recently and I came across some unopened Sunset Stitchery stitch kits. These are like the needlepoint version of a coloring book if the coloring book also provided all the markers as well as detailed instructions on how to color the pictures. Of course I had to buy the kits. But I was at a loss as to what to do with them so I set them aside both mentally and physically.

Simultaneously I've been keeping an extra special little diary dedicated to the autocorrect fails that I receive from my friends and family. It entertains me how autocorrect asserts itself into our lives, sometimes altering real words to other real words, changing the entire meaning of a conversation while maintaining some of the original structure. I admire its sense of humor but also frequently find there is a deeper meaning, a deeper way that technology redirects our lives. 

So I was staring at my Sunset Stitchery kits and thinking about purpose/re-purpose, while words and phrases percolated on the back burner. I like the look of the printed Aida cloth that comes in the stitch kits, the ready to go nature of the image. The images are sweet; saccharine sometimes, nostalgic often. The stitch kit destiny is to stitch over this image, replicate it the same but different. The stitcher follows the original structure but inserts variation. And then boom, thoughts connected and I realized that this is like autocorrect. Autocorrect takes the destiny of a sentence and repeats it back to you, but different. If your composed sentence is the printed Aida cloth, then autocorrect is the stitcher changing the image...which means I AM AUTOCORRECT.

This series depends upon the generous donations of autocorrect fails from art lovers like you. Please send yours to Include your name, your social media handles, and your original intended message. Thank you for supporting my art!