Mary Burns expresses her love of northern woodlands and waters in her weavings and writings. An award-winning weaver, her work resides in private homes across the United States. Mary creates tapestries and felted work that reflect the hues and patterns of the natural world. Mary gathers inspiration from many places and cultures, including the natural world, ancient rock art, the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, and the Arts & Crafts Movement. She teaches tapestry and other forms of weaving as well as felting. Her Ancestral Women Exhibit is currently on tour around the United States. Her work has been displayed in numerous exhibits and shows, including several art and science collaborations, and has received many awards including the Best of Show in Wausau’s Festival of Arts in 2012 and in 2008. Mary is also a writer. Her first novel Heartwood (2003) is a fantasy/natural history novel for young adults. She is a contributor to A Place to Which We Belong: Wisconsin Writers on Wisconsin Landscapes (1998).
Mary and her family have lived in her grandparents’ home in northern Wisconsin since 1984. Mary’s love of weaving started in high school art class and has only continued to grow over time.