A r t i s t   P a g e s

Mary Cost's Statement

I like to take chances, to find out “what if...?”  I love strong contrasts: light and dark, bright and dull, angles against curves, serenity amidst turbulence.  I am captivated by color, the subtler, the more unexpected, the better.  My inspiration comes primarily from art: the extraordinary sense of speed and energy the Italian Futurists captured in their paintings, the sense of mystery, even danger, in de Chirico’s surreal cityscapes, the outrageous use of color introduced by the German Expressionists....  Fiber is my medium, inherited from generations of knitting, sewing, embroidering, rug-making and, yes, weaving women.  The challenge: to create this legacy anew within the grid of warp and weft, using wools, silks, cottons and the colors brewed in my dye pots.  

Mary Cost's Biography

As a poet and artist, I have spent most of my adult life in the verbal and visual arts.  During the 1980s, while living in Manhattan and pursuing a career in advertising and publishing, I worked in stained glass, creating abstract door and window panels of my own design.  On retiring, I moved to Santa Fe, and it was here that I discovered tapestry.  I was quickly captivated by the slow, meditative process of working weft through warp, row by row, the friendly feel of wool in the hand (compared to, say, glass), and the seemingly endless variations of color and shade the weaver can achieve in the dye pot and on the loom.  I have never looked back.