January 2014

Just returned from another wonderful trip to Guatemala, working with Mayan weavers in the Highlands near Lake Atitlan. I took with me a dozen warps that were expertly woven in a couple days Also left a large scarf design order requiring hand dyeing of selected colors, warping and weaving. will have these scarves by March.

Continuing to work with Cross Country Weavers, creating a unique weave sample every year inspired by a central theme, and weaving 30 samples to send one each to 30 members. 

This summer I hope to volunteer as Exhibits Coordinator at CONVERGENCE - Handweavers Guild of America conference in Providence RI, in charge of juried exhibition installation.

And, continuing with exhibitions of my fiberart, I have a jacquard-woven piece in the "HalfTheSky" exhibition at LuXun Academy of Fine Arts in Shenyang, CHINA.
January 2014: Back to Guatemala for new scarf production.
Fusion de Maya is my production line of scarves started in 2011 after my first trip to Guatemala with weaver friends.
I design striped scarves, choose colors, select appropriate fibers and wind warps in my home studio. Prepared warps are taken to Guatemala and handwoven by weavers of the Asociación Maya de Desarrollo Cooperativa in Sololá, Guatemala. Fair-Wage/Fair Trade textile cooperatives in Guatemala provide indigenous Mayan weavers with needed income opportunities and sustain important Mayan textile history and traditions.

FUSION de MAYA scarves are sold at the following venues:
= the PEABODY-ESSEX MUSEUM Shop, Salem Massachusetts.
= the Potpourri Shop, TACtile TEXTILE ART CENTER, Denver Colorado.
= SomeThingsLooming, Wayne Pennsylvania.
= ARTWORKS! Gallery, New Bedford Massachusetts.

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 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. 
o National Surface Design Association.
o WARP - Weave a Real Peace 
o Handweavers Guild of America. 
o Weavers’ Guild of Boston.
o Complex Weavers.


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.

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

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


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


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-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.

Choices and Contradictions. Writing Lessons Series. Framed size: 22" x 22"