Maker's Details - Matson, Mary Lou

Mary Lou makes pictures on a painted background, applying pieces of cloth in the manner of a collage.

Category: Textiles
Mary Lou Matson studied Decorative Arts at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Schaeffer School of Design in San Francisco. In 1975 the family came to England and, a year later, began farming on Dartmoor. It was, and still is, a congenial environment to explore her continuing passion far fabrics and threads, and much embroidery and appliqué work ensued. Influences came from many directions: American folk art and naive paintings were early informing sources, and more lately the works of paint ers such as Mary Newcombe, Ben Hartley, Craigie Atchison and Howard Hodgkin have been influential. Her technique of making pictures on a painted background has evolved as pieces of cloth large and small, some dyed or painted, are applied in the manner of a collage. This offers a great freedom in the use of textiles, while stitching by hand or machine provides emphasis and enhancement to the piece. The subject matter is simple and familiar: food and flowers, birds and boats, whatever is to hand. She works and lives in Widecombe-in-the-Moor.


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