Mary Norden paints with fabrics using an eclectic mix of vintage materials sourced from different centuries and continents, functions and histories, all faded by time and use.
Inspired by nature and simple domestic objects, the starting point for a new piece of work can be a crudely darned piece of linen cloth with a torn edge, or a fragment of an exquisitely printed 18th century bedcover. She builds up shapes by overlapping layers of fabric, sometimes adding lines of visible stitching all of which gives the pictures a three dimensional quality. They convey stillness, a quiet moment and a sense of time passing.
With each picture Mary supplies a brief narrative of all the fabrics included - where they were found and what they were initially used for.
Mary Norden trained and worked in textiles for many years where she became renowned for her unique use of colour and pattern whilst also becoming established as a writer and art director.