Fabric sculpture artist Mary-Ann Toop is the guest today on the Stitchery Stories podcast. Mary-Ann shares her story of leaving her civil engineering career, battling depression and starting her fascinating creative journey. Mary-Ann is determined to make her soft fabric sculptures move – and is particularly fascinated by flight… it’s the engineer in her creeping out again!
Susan Weeks chats with Mary-Ann about:
- Experimenting with automata
- Making her stitched creations move
- Starting a creative journey to see what she could do
- Trying to be creative every day
- How creativity help battle depression and ill-health
- The benefits of becoming immersed in small repetitive movements like embroidery
- Exploring Pinterest… and discovering that textiles and embroidery can be art
- Who is Concordia?
- A fascination with flight
- Evolving techniques using wire, clay, fabric, embroidery
- The story of the nightshirt and the gargoyl
- And so much more!
For this episode
Other artists episodes mentioned:
Bryony Rose Jennings https://www.stitcherystories.com/bryonyrosejennings/
Annie Taylor https://www.stitcherystories.com/annietaylor/
The Artists Way by Julia Cameron