As a bead artist, Marji’s designs were published several times in Beadwork magazine. Twice her work was featured on the front cover. She was also included in several additional publications and was working on a compilation of her designs using square stitch for Lark Books, which remains incomplete. Marji was gaining national recognition in the world of beading when she discovered she had breast cancer. She passed away in 2009 at the age of 55.
In addition to her beadwork, Marji designed knitted garments. She worked as a free-lance designer for Universal Yarns, a division of Santex, for several years.
Marji held multiple college degrees. She earned a degree in linguistics from KU in 1975, followed by two graduate degrees in Linguistics and Religion as a Fulbright Scholar from the University of Mainz in Germany in 1978. She spoke several languages fluently. Another Bachelor of Science degree from KU followed, with a new degree in pre-med and a graduate degree from the Cleveland Chiropractic College in Kansas City in 1986.
Professionally, she worked as a medical transcriptionist. Though Marji held no official credentials related to art or design, she clearly transferred her passion for excellence to the pursuits of her heart in beads and textiles.
The beadwork of Marji Brohammer will be on display at Gallery 1001 June 1 – 10, 2016. There will be several of her knitting designs on display as well. The show will culminate in a celebratory reception to honor Marji and her life’s work in art on June 10, 5:00 to 7:00 pm.
At her family’s request, Tom Hoeffgen, Winfield guitarist, will perform classical guitar selections during the reception.
Marji’s sister, Martha Brohammer, is a member artist at Gallery 1001 and an art instructor in the Haysville, Kansas schools. Stop by the gallery to meet family members and view the beadwork of this talented artist in the final public display of her work.