Mary Jane E Svenson
My journey through life has always included fiber art. I learned to sew on my Grandmothers’ treadle machine at age 8 making Ginny doll clothes. This interest never waned, taking me to Kent State University as a major in fashion design and merchandising. The mystery of a loom and weaving cloth, came into my life, when we lived in Boulder Colorado thanks to wonderful mentors. After we moved back East to Chautauqua Lake, NY in the 70’s I had a small business creating original handwoven clothing. Now retired we live on the Eastern shore of Maryland and I have time to pursue fiber art full time in my spacious studio.
My work has won awards, been in fiber magazines and exhibited in juried shows and galleries, including recently Maryland Federation of Art, Circle Gallery in Annapolis. Inspiration comes from what is around me in nature as well as what is happening in the world. I love making a statement through a garment or accessory.
My creative process includes: designing the fabric, weaving the cloth, dyeing yarn and/or fabric and sewing the garments. Each piece is embellished with a variety of techniques: original embroidery, painting, stitching, crocheting, beadwork. The endless possibilities of creating original work is what occupies my mind and hands every day.