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Craft show finds, cont’d – Mary Donald

January 28, 2012

This one is a no-brainer.

I have seen Mary Donald‘s work at a few East Coast craft shows recently (Baltimore ACC and Washington Craft Show), and this year, I finally got to her booth when it wasn’t mobbed with enthusiastic shoppers and got a chance to talk to her.  Her work blows me away, both because she uses materials with such courage and because she has such a strong individual style.

In her statement Mary Donald calls herself an “urban aborigine.”  I am particularly drawn to her Jewelry II collection, which incorporates found plastics and inner tube rubber.  But all of her work has the same sensibility – valuing material for what it is and what it can be.  I appreciate her declared conflict with working with materials such as gold and platinum with connections to unethical mining practices and human rights violations.

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