ABOUT MARY

I am a mixed media artist working in textiles, wool and paint.

I hope to inspire you by sharing my own creativity through this website.

I would like to guide you to discover your inner artist and embrace the joy of the world around us.

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INTERESTING TRIVIA ABOUT ME:

I love to grow plants, inside and out.


I worked as a quality assurance technician in a pickle plant. 

I paddled a canoe 5 miles across open water in Lake Erie. 

I was a certified lifesaving instructor.

I rafted down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

I play the violin.

 

My Life Story:

I grew up in on a small farm in northeast Ohio. My parents were school teachers who encouraged creativity, particularly if it meant using something that was already on hand. Paper and pencils were always available as were fabric scraps, which I used to make Halloween costumes and handbags.


By high school I was making all of my own clothes. I was very keen about a coat I made using vintage burgundy drapes.

My grandmother was a master knitter and taught me. I also learned to crochet, embroider, do needlepoint and cross-stitch. My love of painting came from those paint-by-number-on-velvet kits.

Graduate school, marriage and family distracted me from art for many years, but then on Ash Wednesday 2000 we had a house fire which turned our family on end.  Our sons were in grade school.


We lived in a trailer for 6 months until the water pipes froze. And that is about when I rediscovered sewing, and then quilting once more. Stitching saved me. It was my therapy.

Today I continue to stitch, draw and paint. I hope to inspire you to explore your own creativity with me. 

 

Authored Articles

Quilting Arts Magazine “Make a Mug Rug” 2015; “Felting Vintage Fibers: What’s Old is New Again”  August-September 2013, p. 22-24.

Contributor Books and Interviews:

The Healing Art of Pathology,  College of American Pathologists, Chicago 2016, cover art and inside feature article

Fiber Art Almanac: Essays from the American Midwest;The Quilt Maker’s Story, Wildwood Press, 2016

Natural Awakenings, “Community Spotlight: Expressing Creativity with Mary Lachman and Robin McCahill”, September 2010, p. 34-35.

Television Interview:

Branford Public Broadcasting with Jan Doyle, 2018

Education:

Bachelor of Science in Food Science and M.D.

Art Teaching Exerience:

Shoreline Quilters, Branford CT 

Quadrille Quilting, North Haven, CT

Clark Memorial Library, Bethany, CT

Levi Coe Library, Middlefield, CT

New Britain Museum of Art with Robin McCahill

ArtsPlace, Cheshire with Robin McCahill

Selected Group Exhibitions:

  • Uncommon Beauty, Roche Diagnostics, Tucson, AZ, 2019

  • Textile Duo and Local Inspiration, Windham Textile Museum, Williamantic, CT,  2017

  • Farmington River Quilt Project-Canal Pool 2, ConnecticutRiver Stewardship; 

  • Winchester Center and  Barkhamsted, CT, 2016 

  • Shuffle and Shake,  Sumner McKnight Crosby Jr. Gallery, Arts Council of Greater New Haven, 2016

  • Soulful Journey, Windsor Arts Center, 2016​

  • Sacred Threads,  Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), juried traveling exhibit, National tour, 2015-2017

Selected Juried Exhibitions:

  • Local Color 4: Rails, Roads and Rivers, Windsor Arts Center, Windsor CT, 2020

  • Local Color 3: Inspired by Science, Windsor Arts Center, Windsor CT, 2018

  • #IBelieveInWaterbury, Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, 2017

  • Connecticut Women Art Association Exhibition,  Arts Center East, Tolland CT, 2017

Leadership:

Studio Art Quilts Associates, Connecticut (SAQA-CT) State Representative 2018–2020

Founding Member, CT Fiber Arts Collective

Former President, Heritage Quilters of Wallingford CT