About Mary Burns
An award-winning weaver, Mary Burns is the creator of the handwoven jacquard exhibits Women and Water: Woven Portraits from Around the World and Ancestral Women: Wisconsin's 12 Tribes.
Mary crafted the portraits for these exhibits on her unique hand-jacquard loom, a TC-2 named Brigid Mariah. Mary's love of weaving began in high school art class and for many years she wove award-winning rug-weight wall hangings, which reside in private homes across the United States. She also creates and teaches tapestry weaving, felting and eco-printing.
Her looms range in width from 10 inches to 8 feet.
Mary's work has been displayed in numerous exhibits and shows, including several art and science collaborations, and she has received many awards including the Best of Show in Wausau’s Festival of Arts in 2012 and 2008. She has also participated in several art and science residencies.
Mary founded Hazel Eyes Textiles with her sister Nancy and daughter Callie, offering eco-printed and naturally dyed house art and apparel.
Also a writer, Mary's novel Heartwood (2003) is a middle grade fantasy/natural history novel. She is a contributor to A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes (1998).
Mary and her family have lived in her grandparents’ home in northern Wisconsin since 1984.