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salley mavor’s fabric reliefs

I like Salley Mavor’s description of her stitched artworks – she calls them Fabric Reliefs. Mavor is best known for the 50 fabric reliefs she created to illustrate the book Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes.


A fabric relief illustration from Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

A more recent relief, Birds of Beebe Woods, was made for a fiber art exhibit celebrating the forest in her home town of Falmouth, Massachusetts.


 Birds of Beebe Woods


  Birds of Beebe Woods installed

The intricate details are created using needle, thread and her hands. . .no sewing machine. Lovely.


Salley Mavor at work

“I sew different materials together to create fanciful scenes in relief, much like miniature, shallow stage sets, with figures imposed on embellished fabric backgrounds. My work is decorative and detailed, full of patterns from nature and  found objects, all  sewn together by hand with a needle and thread.” Salley Mavor

Watch this video for a glimpse of the artist at work.

Salley Mavor’s website

Read about her process here

Read an interview with the artist on feelingstitchy.com

Her interview on sevenimpossiblethings.com includes many more images of earlier fabric relief illustrations

M is for Mom

I’m still in my hometown helping my mother as she navigates the new territory that comes with a major health crisis. She’s a trooper and is taking it one day at a time. She still reads the blog regularly – the other day she asked when she was going to see a new post on DAM. Sometimes it takes your mother to light a fire under you to get the job done!

I believe in the power of collective positive energy and prayer. May I ask you, my wonderful readers, to send some love her way?

Posts on DAM continue to be occasional while I am here. My monthly newsletter, MAM, is on schedule and will be delivered to subscribers next week. In addition to new artists and resources, the January issue includes two tutorials – one is a trend taking the Internet by storm, the other just a DAM(n) cool thing to do with an otherwise uncool material. My head is spinning with ideas for future issues so stay tuned!

Also in the works is an update on 2014 classes for you. . .more about that in another post.

I continue to be deeply appreciative for your support and patience and for any surge of positive energy moving in my mother’s direction. . .

Many, many thanks  – it’s been quite a year, eh?

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