Marianne Iten Thürig

Artist statement

Silk repeatedly fascinates me anew. I love it's glow, vibrancy, and it's delicate yet durable characteristics. Since becoming engaged with this material, both the way and the means to make the inspiration of our times visible has found me. For this, as well as for the support of many along my path, I am truly grateful.


In the process of creating a piece, I use adapted techniques and experience of glass painting. Whilst in deep personal process, the many layers of work are fixed in a steam processor. I employ paint, resist and fabric dye approaches, along with ancient Indian and European textile printing blocks that often resemble sacred symbolism. These techniques are combined with uniquely developed methods of body impressions. This gives my pieces a depth that delights the heart and decorates the living area, the therapeutic setting as well as ritual spaces. My draperies are utilized both in private and public platforms and as scarves for special occasions, weddings, baptisms, funerals, etcetera.


Existential and spiritual questions have always occupied me, and are digested and refined during the process of creating a piece. During this process, the inner visions inspired by the wisdom teachings of Ulli Olvedi, Steve Clorfeine, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Sharon McErlane, among others, accompany me.


Clients report feeling at ease with my cloths, and enjoy wearing them especially during challenging times. A lucky talisman of sorts. Who knows? The silkworm spins it's thread and blankets itself within. This cocoon provides protection in which she continues her development. Perhaps this natural function is transferred to the completed scarf.

Personal details

Marianne Iten Thürig born in 1960. Resident in Cham.


Education as a glass painter at Unterägeri 1978- 1981, education as a social worker at Luzern 1994-1997, education as an art therapist MA, Wallis 2002-2007. Mother of 2 adult children.


As a social worker and art therapist I have encountered survivors and people tired of life. They allowed me to look into their mania and great misery. They also showed me ingenious strategies of how to come into peace with life and themselves.


Art therapy provides me with peaceful tools for the contact with the human being. 


After 14 years in the social-psychiatric work area, in 201 I have established an atelier for silk art in Cham. Here I draw from the various working experiences, merging the knowledge of glass painting with own developments in silk design and ancient-novel ways of art. Here scarves for private clients and artwork for exhibitions come into existence.


My artistic work is influenced by the spiritual wisdom of my Christian origin and by teachers as Ulli Olvedi, Steve Clorfeine, Sharon McErlane, Susanna Mäder.


2019 Salome II, Kunstpause, Zug

2017 fearless, Krematorium Nordheim, Zürich

2015 ChamerBiennale`15, Kesselhaus, Cham

2014 „teximus1“, Schweizer Textilkunst, Wettbewerbs-Ausstellung, Altstadthalle Zug

2013 Einzelausstellung: „Seide + die Blume des Lebens“, Galerie fishbird, Cham

2012 Gruppenausstellung: „Kunstpunkt12“, Seidenarbeiten, Villa am Aabach, Uster

2011 Gruppenausstellung: „Rot/Weiss/Schwarz“, Seidenarbeiten, Galerie fishbird, Cham

2003 Einzelausstellung: „FOOTSTEPS AND FRAMES“, Acrylbilder und Installationen, Informations- und Beratungszentrum für Frauen, Goldau