We always say that the Zentangle Method attracts really awesome people. We have had the pleasure of working with wonderful Certified Zentangle Teachers (CZT) all over the world and we are excited to share these wonderful people with the entire Zentangle Community. Through our series, CZT Family Tree, we will introduce individual CZTs.
Today, we are excited to introduce Margaret Bremner!
Name: Margaret Bremner CZT#: 3
Currently living in: Surrey BC Canada
Favorite tangle: I probably have 20, and they change from time to time, but I often find myself opting for variations of Tipple, Printemps, and Crescent Moon. I prefer to capitalize the names as it distinguishes them from just words.
Favorite place to tangle: At the table in my art space.
Favorite quotation: For many years I loved Anaïs Nin’s “Life expands or contracts according to one’s courage.” While I still like that, I think it now comes second to “Anything is possible, one stroke at a time.”
My favorite story or memory about teaching the Zentangle Method is: a student I had twice. She was a 30-something single mom of a young teenage boy. Earlier in her life she had made miniatures, sometimes the standard 1:12 scale, but often much smaller. She’d had a serious medical incident resulting in a severe loss of eyesight and the knowledge that she didn’t have a lot longer to live. She was left with a sliver of vision at the outer edge of her left eye. I’d been advised that a student had limited vision, but I did not realize to what extent until the class began. She asked my permission, and during the first class frequently came up to my demo board and - inches away from the side of her eye - viewed what I was drawing, then went back to her seat and drew. Of course I’d provided her with larger materials. The second time she joined a class I drew oversize examples of the tangles we’d be doing (two per 8.5”x11” page) that she could have at her place, view at her leisure, and take home. It was impressive enough to me that someone with such limitations would register for an art class, but what really struck my heart was her cheerfulness, gung-ho attitude, and willingness to ask for assistance with her needs.
Through my experiences as a CZT, I have learned that people love to realize that they can so draw! (Also, that this is a truly wonderful, open, caring community of individuals.) When I encountered Zentangle I felt like I'd discovered home. Now, pretty much all my artwork is infused with tangles.
If I’m not tangling you’ll find me … hmm… doing other art things? Most of that is Zentangle-related now, so… visiting my thoroughly adorable granddaughter, enjoying the vegetation of the west coast, and constantly trying to eliminate Stuff.
Mosaic name: MargaretBremner
I am an Avid follower of you . You are an AWESOME human being.
Christina Arlington on
I just revisited this post and re-read all your wonderful comments. Oh my, oh my, oh my. Thank you all so much!
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Brenda Shaver CZT 8
Brenda Shaver on
I adore Margaret’s art and have for a long time now! Such joy to read this CZT Family Tree article! So blessed to be part of this awesome community of artists!
Brenda Campbell on
Kudos, Margaret! You are the roots of my Zentangle family tree.
Chris Titus on
Karen Izzi on
I salute her for her these qualities of being a great human being.
I continue to love her creations, and happy to get to learn more about her here. Thanks Maria for that.
Dilip Patel on
Margaret, what a delightful addition to my day, reading your responses to these questions and viewing your lovely art. I feel like everything you do has something to teach me about color or composition or innovative use of a tangle! I am thankful to be connected to you and your art by the virtual thread of Zentangle.
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Heather Toswell on
Anyone can challenge！
You proved it !! Thank you !!
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Marie Browning on
What an artist you are. I enjoy seeing the way you combine different ‘things’.
Also, the story you told was very insightful. I have a few friends who have macular degeneration and know how very hard it is for them. I can’t imagine losing my eyesight.
Thank you for sharing.
Deborah Davis on
Carole Lape CZT19
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Mary Illana Perrin CZT32 on
Margaret, I have been admiring your art for years! I have even used variations of some of your pieces in my senior center Zentangle classes. Keep it up, you are inspiring!
Carol Dunn on
I always say I want to be just like you when I grow up! Thanks for being so generous on your blog. I check it often.
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Lovely RIta on
You have been one of my favorite artists since I found Zentangle. Loved your story and thank you for always sharing your creativity and inspiration.
Jody Genovese on
I often find inspiration from you, Margaret. You have a certain flair in your.Zentangling. Thanks fir sharing your story and your art
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