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