Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Mary Fisher Fabric and Quilts

While visiting Quilter's Store Sedona, I noticed a beautiful fabric line Pathways by a local artist Mary Fisher.

I was drawn to the earthy shapes and colors, and learned that Mary's inspiration came from her travels and work in Africa.

Later that afternoon, Mr. Cactus and I entered the Goldenstien Gallery where I was delighted to see a collection of Mary's art quilts hanging along one wall.

Previously, I was not aware of Mary or her work, and desired to learn more.

A gallery employee approached and told me parts of Mary's story.

She is an artist, author, AIDS activist and International speaker.

At one time she was a television producer and assistant to the President of the United States.

In 1992 she delivered a very impactful speech "The Whisper of AIDS" at the Republican National Convention.

I could see a sadness in her work, and learned that Mary contacted AIDS through her ex-husband.

"What has influenced my art most is the living with AIDS while raising children as a suburban, white, American mother. The contradictions in my life are so clear, so absolute... but when it all begins to come together in a sculpture or a print or a quilt, it comes together as a single message. It's my truth, my story, my prayer."
~ Mary Fisher

"In the United States, Mary founded the Mary Fisher CARE (Clinical AIDS Research and Education) Fund to support long-term, outcomes-based research for the care of people living with HIV, especially women. In Africa, she established support groups where women infected or affected by HIV/AIDS can earn a living wage, producing hand-beaded bracelets that Mary designed and markets in the United States. "

Each quilt back contains a label of Mary's thoughts at the time she was creating the piece.

Quilting has always been therapeutic, and often provides a charitable influence.
Especially so in the works of Mary Fisher.

You can read more about Mary on her web site http://www.maryfisher.com/


Glenna @ Hollyhock Quilts said...

I have been intrigued by Mary's story for years. She's a real example of true American grit and determination. Amazing how she not only survived, but has made such a difference in other's lives. Thanks for sharing!

Needled Mom said...

What an amazing story she has told through her work! Thanks for introducing her to us.

Nanette Merrill said...

Extremely interesting. Intriguing. Very different and stimulating. I love to see the creations of others and the inspiration for it.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

what an amazing story - I will have to go look at her blog.

Sara said...

Wonderful post - thank you for sharing Mary's story. She is an inspiration. Her art quilts are fabulous, and her fabric will be on my "watch" list now.