Mary is a textile artist. She studied for a City and Guilds in Embroidery for 5 years at local colleges and has since been building up her business, making and selling embroidered textiles.
Her work is inspired by the patterns and colours of nature, be it a cliff face, a seascape or an entire mountainside or even a patch of rust. She loves the effects of the ever-changing light on the colours and textures of the natural environment. She carries her camera with her everywhere and she is always on the look-out for inspiration. She feels lucky to live in one of the most beautiful parts of England.
"I create wall hangings and framed panels by layering fabrics and then applying heat to burn and reveal the lower layers and to create a textured surface. This is then densely machine embroidered and the resulting work is rich in colour and texture.
Using heat is not an entirely controllable technique, but this uncertainty reflects manís limited control over the landscape.
I also make a range of textile jewellery in a comprehensive range of colours which I constantly update. The collection includes necklaces, pendants, bracelets, brooches and earrings. They are machine embroidered onto layers of different coloured fabrics and hand beaded and finished. Like all my work, each piece is unique." Mary Taylor
Percy House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria (May/June 2005)
The Artroom Gallery, Garstang, Lancs (Feb/May 2008)
Tel: 015395 60904