Fabric and embellishment, nature, colour, old furniture, glass beads – they all mix together in my studio to make quilts, scarves, jewellery and vintage style heirlooms for the future, Contrary Mary indeed. Gathering fabrics along the way sometimes leads me to a new design, old silk evening dresses start the imagination, thinking “what’s the story behind it?” might push me into using materials in a new way.
Most of my pieces are one-offs, occasionally I might mange to produce two if there is enough raw material. But that’s both the challenge and the beauty of using vintage and limited edition fabrics.
About the Artist
Contrary Mary is the alter-ego of Eleanor Birchell Hughes, textile artist and designer.
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