May Artist in Residence - Mary Mendla
Mary will be at the Center demonstrating fabric dyeing and surface design on Tuesdays & Thursdays: May 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28 & 30 from 11 am – 3:00 pm.
There is no charge to visit the artist, see her work and talk with her about her creative process.
Artist and designer Mary Mendla received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1992. Her primary area of study was painting and drawing. However, a deep love of color and texture led her into experiments with textile surface design (the dyeing and texturing of fabric) which soon developed into a passion. A strong dressmaking background that began in her childhood, thanks to her gifted and patient mother's instruction, created a foundation for Mary to develop her hand dyed silk fabrics into one-of –a-kind, custom designed garments. In 2004, Mary founded her unique clothing and wearable art business, FACETS Fashions in Grafton.
FACETS Fashions came into being as Mary expanded her work into a total line of women's coordinates that reached beyond the more targeted wearable art market, which specializes mostly in accessories and accent pieces. Mary developed her own approach to fashion through combining her love of artistic clothing with well-designed, basic, wardrobe-building separates with a special focus on impeccable fit for many body types.
The Artist in Residence program is proudly supported by a grant from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation’s Mary L. Nohl Fund.