Citrus silk woven necklace – Mary Burgess


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A beautiful handwoven necklace by Australian weaver Mary Burgess. Made from silk and cotton, approximately 6x3cm on a 41cm sterling silver necklace.

Mary Burgess is a hand weaver from Melbourne, Australia. She exhibits and sells her work through Counterweave Arts in Italy. Mary uses torn fabric, especially silk, leather and found objects to make unique pieces of wearable art.

Mary’s focus is memory and textiles. Through her own experience of losing her partner she became interested in how grief can become a little more bearable, even transformed by taking old family clothes and textiles and using them to weave a ‘memory cloth’ for the future. Mary has found that through the process of weaving with torn strips of fabrics holding meaning and memories something new can also be woven within each of us. She works with people who want to create something lasting and unique from old but precious family clothes. Her creative process involves listening to family stories, designing collaboratively with each person and then weaving with their fabrics to create whatever is wanted: maybe a blanket, scarf, bag, neckpiece, or wall hanging. Mary uses a beautiful old four shaft floor loom and a number of table looms, depending on the particular project. She works from a studio in the centre of Melbourne in The Nicholas Building, an art deco building housing many small art galleries, artists, architects, milliners, jewellers and bookshops.

Mary’s exhibition ‘Weaving Meaning’ was shown at the Counterweave Arts Gallery & Workshop in July 2017.