Monday, January 10, 2011

Remembering Mary Kellogg Rice

Celebrating Mary Kellogg Rice
Artist, Author, Supporter of Crafts

It is with sadness that I write about the recent passing of Mary Kellogg Rice, a beautiful spirit and accomplished woman who lived a rich and full life. She had just celebrated her 100th birthday in December 2010.

Among her many contributions to the community and art world, Mary co-authored "Shibori: The Inventive Art of Shaped Resist Dyeing" with me and Jane Barton, a seminal book in my professional career and for the art of shibori and textile design in general. Mary was also involved in the WPA during the Great Depression, serving as art director for the Milwaukee State Teachers College where women were taught weaving, block-printing, quilting, and other crafts. She recorded her experience in her second book, "Useful Work for Unskilled Women: A Unique WPA Project," which earned a 2004 Wisconsin State Historical Society Book Award of Merit.

A private gathering will be held for only family and close friends. Thank you.

Thank you, Mary, for all that you did for the textile and crafts community over the last 100 years. You were a wonderful colleague and friend.

Warm regards,
Mary's co-author and President of the World Shibori Network

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