Mary Davison's Profile

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I majored in art at Stanford, and after a long career as a university professor, took early early retirement to return to creative work. I have been in love with color since I was born, so I was a designer before and after stints of teaching at Stanford and UCal-Berkeley--fashion, textiles, home furnishings, even furniture. While a graduate student, I custom-printed fabrics for an interior designer in Portland, Oregon, where I later had my own Mykonos-inspired boutique downtown before selling my business and hiring myself out in the industry in New York. I learned a lot, and I hated it. So I returned to academe, but kept my hand in. I designed posters and theatre costumes for productions in Montreal, Canada. And I went deep into photography--all in my "spare time" from teaching 80-90 hours a week. After "retiring" I left Montreal for Ottawa, then Vancouver, B.C. and went back into the visual arts. I still create custom-designed…

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  • Female
  • Born on April 9
  • Joined October 25, 2010

Favorite materials

silk, wool, cotton, rayon yarns and yardage, natural and Procion dyes, wax resists, silk thread

About

I majored in art at Stanford, and after a long career as a university professor, took early early retirement to return to creative work. I have been in love with color since I was born, so I was a designer before and after stints of teaching at Stanford and UCal-Berkeley--fashion, textiles, home furnishings, even furniture. While a graduate student, I custom-printed fabrics for an interior designer in Portland, Oregon, where I later had my own Mykonos-inspired boutique downtown before selling my business and hiring myself out in the industry in New York. I learned a lot, and I hated it. So I returned to academe, but kept my hand in. I designed posters and theatre costumes for productions in Montreal, Canada. And I went deep into photography--all in my "spare time" from teaching 80-90 hours a week. After "retiring" I left Montreal for Ottawa, then Vancouver, B.C. and went back into the visual arts. I still create custom-designed clothing, mainly rainwear for women and kids, and have also designed lingerie as well as coats and suits for men--including a rock band! My deepest creative energies, though, go into pictorial wall hangings, some of which I shall soon be posting on Etsy. They're labors of love; they take insane amounts of time. But I'm hooked on them. I love working with my hands, and stretch my mind to apply everything I learned as a painter and art historian to get effects possible only with fabric. I might also add I'm emphatically green. My pictures are made out of scraps recycled from sewing projects. Because I've travelled a lot and long been fascinated by folk art, not just the fine art I studied at Yale, I have vintage treasures from all over the world. Some are gifts; some I found; some I've made out of what I bought or was given.

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