Mary Downe

Mary Downe

Medium: Fibre Arts
Location: Vancouver, BC

“Last May I studied Shibori techniques at a traditional silk farm in Japan. I’m interested in creating abstract, painterly designs using both Shibori and Devoré processes and natural colourings”.

Her scarves are dyed with natural dyes using logwood and iron rust. Logwood is native to the tropical Americas and has been used as in the textile industry since the 1700’s. The interior red heartwood is chipped and fermented to produce a purplish-red dye.


Mary has a degree in fine arts from the University of Western Ontario, a diploma in interdisciplinary studies from Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver and an Advanced Certificate in Textile Arts from Capilano University. She lives and works in Vancouver.

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