Watch now: High-tech loom helps artist Mary Burns tell the story of women and water | madison.com
Alumna Mary Burns ’85 (Personal Concentration) and her art were featured by Wisconsin State Journal:
What would appear to be repetitive, tedious and nearly impossible, is how Mary Burns is choosing to tell powerful and inspirational stories.
Some are based here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. Others are in Detroit, New Zealand, India, Mozambique, Honduras and Canada. She’s also in search of a tale from Antarctica.
But none of the stories will be bound into a book.
Instead, her work is done with cotton thread using a high-tech, $25,000 hand-jacquard loom interfaced with a computer. The results are stunning woven images of women from around the world who have advocated for, researched, celebrated and protected one of life’s necessities: water.