Whimsy or Insanity ?!?!?!
My Pillows have multiplied.  Whimsical Art Pillows can always be seen at Gallery 6-1/2 Bridge Street, Padanaram Village.
AND, September 8, AHA eve come toI will have a trunk show at Gallery 65 on William/New Bedford MA. 5-8pm.

These pillows started life as levelly designed ladies hankies, yes I have collected women's handkerchiefs of all sorts from the 50s and 60s. Then they're layered, sstitch-quilted and hand embroidered with my special embellishments.



FUSION de MAYA

Fusion De Maya is the name of my handwoven fashion scarf and decorative pillow business. I am owner, designer and colorist. 
I often use specialty natural fibers, like silk and tencel along with distinctive color stripe combinations for my product line. Newest scarves (pictured above) are hand-dyed silky bamboo, textured bamboo chenille, and cotton.

My designs are handwoven on traditional backstrap looms at two weaving cooperatives in the Highlands of Guatemala - the Asociacion Maya de Desarrollo, and Fundacion de Maya Tradiciones.  


I am pleased to be associated with these fair trade/fair wage textile cooperatives. 
My support provides indigenous weavers with income opportunities 

and also helps sustain Mayan textile traditions.


FIBER ART ON VIEW - 2013 and 2014

"TRUE ROMANCE: WILD WEST DREAM", 2012. This 8" x 8"collage of textile/found object won the Golden Artists Color Award for best materials, National Collage Society's 28th Annual Juried Show (see below), and now selected for TWO Fall-2013 shows.  

Fiber in the Present Tense-2014. NorthEast Surface Design juried show. ArtWorks Gallery, New Bedford MA Feb-Mar 2014.
MINNEAPOLIS TEXTILE CENTER. Members Show. 
Minneapolis MN. Jan10 - Mar3 2014.
WESTERN TRAPPINGS ON THE LLANO. Exhibition of Thematic Western Art,CustomTrappings and Gear. Llano County Historic Museum Llano TX. Oct18 2013-Jan4 2014.
MIXED MEDIA SHOW Women's Caucus for Art-Colorado. Annex@Core Gallery. Santa Fe Art District, Denver CO. 
Sept12-29 2013.

PAGE TURNER. Juried Exhibition of Fine Art Textiles with Text. April5-May18 2013. SomeThingsLooming Gallery. Reading PA  www.somethingslooming.com  3s pieces selected for exhibition including True Romance (above).

THE ART OF LETTERS. Invitational exhibition. Highfield Hall Historic Site. Falmouth MA. Aug - Sep 2012. Catherine Hunter, curator. 10 pieces shown.

NATIONAL COLLAGE SOCIETY 28TH ANNUAL JURIED EXHIBIT.  Berman Museum. Ursinus College PA. June9-Aug12  www.nationalcollage.com  Exhibit will also be global online for one year.

GLITTER, GLAMOUR, GLITZ. Juried exhibition of woven home furnishing pieces. Hellada Gallery, Long Beach C. and Kaplan Gallery VisArts Center, Rockville MD, Sept-Oct 2012. Complex Weavers. www.complexweavers.org/

SEDUCTIVE SURFACES. Juried Exhibition of Fine Art Fiber. Gallery Seven. Maynard MA. June5-July21 2012.   www.gallerysevenmaynard.com 

marjorie durko puryear

o Professor of Textile Design/Fiber Arts, Univ of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. 1977-2009.
o Exhibiting Fiberartist: conceptual craft genre
o Exhibition Curator: Contemporary Textile Art
  
Professional Memberships:
o Cross-Country Weavers. retired member 
o National Surface Design Association.
o WARP - Weave a Real Peace 
o Handweavers Guild of America. National Board Member. 
o Weavers’ Guild of Boston.
o Eastern Shore Art Center, Fairhope AL

Installation views

Installation views
ARC Gallery. Chicago. ORDINARY WORDS Series (unframed pieces). SOUVENIR HANKIE Series (framed pieces). click image for CANTV interview link

NOTES FROM YOU Series. Artworks Gallery. New Bedford, MA

ORDINARY WORDS SERIES

ORDINARY WORDS SERIES
ANCESTRY-ADDRESS BOOK 1. Unframed. Size: 41” x 29.5”. One of five in series. Jacquard woven panel. Digitally altered address book image. Hand-embroidered embellishments. Digitally printed fabric “snapshots” of a 1950s school photo image and altered map sewn to surface.

SOUVENIR HANKIE Series. Four of eight pieces in series. Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton MA.

WRITING LESSONS Series

WRITING LESSONS Series
WRITIING LESSONS - SEAT OF GOVERNMENT. Framed size 22" x 22". layers of vintage handkerchiefs. Page from 19thc. penmanship practice book. Beads. Embroidery.

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE LESSONS-RUDE.HUM.BED.

HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE LESSONS-RUDE.HUM.BED.
6" x 6" miniature. Six pieces in HAWAIIAN LANGUAGE LESSONS Series. Found text. Vintage handkerchief fragment. Hawaiian dictionary cuts. Beads and embroidery embellishments.

SOUVENIR HANKIE SERIES

SOUVENIR HANKIE SERIES
SOUVENIR HANKIE SERIES-GOTHIC QUARTER. One of 7 pieces in series. Found lace hankie, digitally printed map fragment, embroidery

SOUVENIR HANKIE SERIES - CAUTION. digitally manipulated printed image, vintage embroidered hankie. Framed size: 18" x 18".

WRITING LESSONS - SEAT OF GOVERNMENT. detail. Silk handkerchief. Pearl beads. Penmanship book practice page.