“My idea shifts the way that we do things,” says Martha Skinner. “It invites the audience to be part of a huge collaboration that benefits the environment and each of us individually. It involves letting go of ownership, competition, rivalry, and many other such things of how we operate in this world…. It involves letting go of things as we know them.”
David Tucker of the TEDxGreenville program team connected with Martha immediately. He was impressed by her extensive number of projects.
“It was not just the projects that intrigued me…she would take a project and turn it into a piece of art,” he says. David guided Martha through the nomination process, which gave him further insight into her work. “The art was interesting, but, when viewed in light of the amount of thought, work and history in the final piece, I was humbled and hooked! I am proud to have worked with such an accomplished person and I am excited for the TEDxGreenville HeadVROOM audience. You are in for a beautiful presentation from a remarkable human being.”
Martha was nominated once before at TEDxAsheville, but for her, the timing was less than perfect. “I was at the beginning of a divorce and several hard years with a lot of changes. I sent something in but it didn’t make it past that. My mind and heart were so cluttered at that time. It was hard to have clarity.”
This time around, everything came together. “TEDxGreenville reached out at a moment in my life that I was coming into the light again and, also at the same moment, my life as I knew it for 25 years was coming to an end. We are part of a cycle of life and there are moments in which we have to let go in order to live.”
Martha incorporates her raw emotion into her art as well as her talk, which relates the power of collaborative design. “What I’ve learned from these huge life changes is woven into my talk,” she says. Design, at its best, she adds, is a huge collaboration in which we share and allow the flow of beautiful, impactful ideas for the well-being of our environment and ourselves.
Martha Skinner teaches at Clemson University and is founder of 10^10. Her work which can be found at marthaskinner.com has been exhibited internationally and recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, Business Week and Architectural Record.1