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January 2005 Artist of the Month

Each month LARAC highlights the work of an Artist from the Adirondack Region.

 
Click to view more detail. Mary Ward
Whitehall, NY
 

Fiber artist Mary Ward is a life-long Washington County, New York resident.  Born Mary Randles, she grew up on a dairy farm in Argyle, New York.  She now resides in Whitehall, New York, in a unique and secluded home built by her husband, Tim Ward.

Fabric is the medium in which Mary chooses to express herself.  Her goal with her work is to make a statement or to communicate a story to the viewer.  She gets a great deal of pleasure when others can identify with one of her pieces.  She has been sewing all of her life and made most of her own clothing in her youth.  The local 4-H club and home economics classes taught her the basics of sewing.

In the early 1980s her long time admiration of quilts turned to action as she began learning quilting from friends.  Soon Mary began taking as many quilting workshops as time would allow.  She attempts to fit sewing into her life every day and admits to feeling uneasy if much time passes without being able to work with fabric.  The process of creating with fabric gives her feelings of control, calmness, achievement, and satisfaction.  Almost anything may provide inspiration for a project.  The fabrics themselves are a great source of inspiration.  She also credits interaction with other people, walks in nature, and current events  with providing the spark to embark on a new work.  Her projects usually begin with a sketch.  Her next step is the finding and pulling together of various fabrics, which she believes will suit the design.  Her biggest challenge remains choosing the color palette for each project.  She normally struggles with this, and her palette and the type of fabrics continue to shift.  Words that she uses to describe fabric include:  colorful, textured, flexible, and forgiving.  The qualities inherent in cloth are warm and comforting to her.  She finds sewing relaxing and healing.  The idea that her work and the story it may hold can last and be seen for years to come is important and satisfying to here.  To Mary, fiber art helps make a house feel like a home.

Mary has successfully completed many custom pieces and is happy to discuss your ideas.

Mary Ward may be reached on Mondays between 10 am and 4 pm at 518-639-8806.

 
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Mary Ward
262 Death Rock Way
Whitehall, NY  12887
518-639-8806 (Mondays only)

 

Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Council
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