Mary Downe

Mary Downe

 Medium: Fibre Arts
Location: Vancouver, BC
Member Since: 2010


Mary has an Advanced Certificate in Textile Arts from Capilano University, a Diploma in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emily Carr College of Art and she has studied Indigo dyeing and Shibori in Japan. Mary’s travels in India and Japan, studying the work of traditional artisans, inspired her to work with natural fabrics~ silk, merino wool, cotton, linen and natural dyes including Indigo, Persimmon, Madder, Logwood, Lac, Cochineal and Weld. Her naturally dyed textiles combine luxury with sustainability~ a gentle way to create colour on cloth. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, France and Japan. All of her scarves can be gently hand washed in cool water, using a ph neutral soap, and pressed with a cool iron.


I am entranced by the glorious range of colours in the natural world, watching the light in my garden shift and change during the various seasons of the year and times of day. The patterns, colours and textures of my fabric pieces create tactile surfaces evocative of the natural world. Natural dyes, in combination with various Japanese Shibori printing and stitching techniques, seem particularly well suited to capture fleeting impressions of light and movement. My background is as a painter and I approach each of my fabric pieces as I would an abstract painting. Each piece is unique, a one of a kind creation.

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