Ruben is a weaving instructor and a fiber artist, and participates in gallery, museum and art fair exhibitions. He conducts weaving instruction for children and adults in museums, schools and recently at B:Hive Bridgeport, where he holds the biweekly Wine and Weaving, a social weaving group where participants can make their own scarves.
(InfoBPT): How did you hear about Downtown Bridgeport and what factors contributed to you deciding to locate to Downtown?
(Ruben Marroquin): I came to Bridgeport from New York, where I studied textile and surface design at the Fashion Institute of Technology. I collaborated with my friend Margaret Bodell in the Bridgeport Art Fest. I currently live between Bridgeport and Queens, New York.
(InfoBPT): Tell us about your business.
(Ruben Marroquin): I am committed to sharing the craft of weaving and to my artistic practice. Last year I participated in the Rijswijk Museum's textile biennial in the Netherlands and conducted weaving demonstrations at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
(InfoBPT): What is your favorite place to eat or relax in Downtown Bridgeport?
(Ruben Marroquin): I enjoy getting my newspaper and having a snack at One Stop News and Deli, a mom and pop shop on Main Street that opens from 4am to 4pm Monday through Saturday. One of the things I love about Bridgeport is the remnants from the good old days that have managed to survive in a post industrial town.
(InfoBPT): What would you share with others who might be considering relocating their business (or home) to Bridgeport?
(Ruben Marroquin): Bridgeport has an amazing and under appreciated artistic community. As an artist you can focus on your work and escape from the distractions of major cities like New York.
(InfoBPT): What would you like to see in the future for Bridgeport?
(Ruben Marroquin): I would really like to see true leadership and vision when it comes to the arts, but we do not have a person with the right knowledge and attitude for the job yet. I think this is one of the most important aspects for me. As artists we do not have an organization that represents the interests of artists, therefore the artist community is spread, disorganized and usually excluded from decision making. As a result we have a city with many artists where you don't see a big presence of new public art projects in the streets. The investments that should go to the arts get stalled and lost in bureaucratic processes and time keeps passing as the city gets behind in showing its true potential.