Mary Diamond

Mary Diamond, Interlaken, NY

Fabric artist Mary Diamond fashions wall quilts, wearable art and soft sculpture. Her work is inspired and influenced by her natural surroundings in her beloved Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. Through her exploration of nature’s palette and textures, the teaching of fiber art workshops and the exhibition of her work in fiber art venues nationally and internationally, Mary keeps her artistic horizon expanding. 

“Although I start the creative process with a particular idea, poem, experience or  a collection of natural objects such as leaves, stones, and shells, the fiber piece will quickly take over.” She also enjoys working with African prints, strongly influenced by a half-year residence in Kenya. Mary explains the serendipity of the creative process and claims that it is definitely the fiber art muse who leads her on. Some of her pieces elicit a thoughtful response from the viewer, and others, with their sense of whimsy, fetch a smile.

Selected Juried and Invitational Exhibitions and Publications AQS Quilt Show & Contest, Lancaster, PA, 2010, 2011; Paducah, 2010; Knoxville, TE, 2009, 2010 Firelands Association for the Visual Arts, Artist as Quiltmaker XII, Oberlin, OH, 2006 International Quilt Festival, Masterpieces: A Voyage of Self-Discovery; Houston TX: On Tour, 2002 Lowell Quilt Festival, Lowell. MA, 2008, 2010 [Hon. Mention; Wall Quilt Applique Third Place] The Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, 2010  Northwest Quilting Expo, Portland, OR, 2009 [Art Quilt First Place] Northeast Quilts Unlimited, Arts Center / Old Forge, NY, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010 [Master Quilter Division Hon. Mention] Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza XVII, Stitched Out, Oaks, PA, 2002, 2010 [Wall Quilt Second Place] Quilters Consortium of NYS, Inc., Quilter’s Holiday, Syracuse, NY, 2004 [First Place] Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum, Golden, CO, 2002, 2010 Schweinfurth Memorial Art Center, Quilts=Art=Quilts, Auburn, NY, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007 World Quilt & Textile, World Quilt Competition, New England; On Tour, 2004, 2006 [Best Use of Color] Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum, 2009 Musings, SAQA, Grand Rapids, MI, 2009 500 Art Quilts, Lark Books, 2010, p.127 SAQA Journal, Fall, 2009, p.18 The Alliance for American Quilts Interview, Tape #144, 2002 The Quilter Magazine, May, 2007, pp.94-5 

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