Mary Holland

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(Fall 2017) Mary Holland has been sewing since she was five years old, and designing and constructing clothing and costumes since she was a teenager. She learned embroidery and hand sewing from her Victorian-era grandmother, and basic machine sewing and garment construction from her mother. She continued her study by practicing techniques described in fine tailoring and garment construction books. Now retired from a professional career in software and IT, she has been producing wearable art since 2007.

(Fall 2017) Mary Holland was the designer and general contractor for the initial structure, and she also managed the subcontractors. She and her husband, Bob Spengler, finished much of the inside, including electrical, fine hardwood trim, mosaic floors, and trompe d’loeil walls. Mary has substantial training and experience as a software project manager and collaborative interdisciplinary designer in large development projects and special project teams. She has developed hands-on skills in many practical construction and artistic mediums.

(Spring 2016) Mary Holland is a fiber artist and designer specializing in hand dyed silk. She teaches classes and gives private lessons. Mary has been sewing most of her life.


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