Sunday, June 12, 2011

Featured Artist: Maryanne McDevitt

 During the seven weeks of '"Size Matters" we'll focus on individual artists here on our blog. Every week, several artists will be featured. Today, we're pleased to introduce to you: Maryanne McDevitt

A Little Bit Wise
 I was raised in a background of fiber but didn’t start sewing until I had daughters.  I began weaving in 1973, with a Philadelphia Guild of Handweavers class. In 1974, I spent a year in Edinburgh, Scotland where I studied tapestry weaving at the Edinburgh College of Art.

During another sabbatical year in Paris, I bought a larger floor loom, and scoured Paris yarn shops for weaving materials, then shipped the loom home where it’s still hard at work in my studio.

In my classroom all my students had a chance to learn to weave. As outreach chairmen for PGHS, I bring weaving and spinning demonstrations classrooms, zoos, arboretums, and museums.  As president, I’m always adding new places to share fiber excitement.  No matter what new project I begin, weaving still delights and fascinates me. I am truly caught up in the web of weaving.

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