Hi there! If we haven’t met yet, I’m Mary Ann Stewart: a slow fashion artisan and natural fibers advocate in Greater Boston, Massachusetts. I do small batch, plant-based dye processes on natural fibers, including paper.
This site first appeared when I ran for State Representative from November 2017 to September 2018. After losing that hard fought race, I took time off to rethink how I wanted to talk about the things that matter to me and I decided to maintain this blog to do that.
My posts topics have ranged from the arts and my civic life, family and personal history and perspectives, and state issues advocacy. In 2020 I made the decision to launch a creative business during a global pandemic, and chose to keep this site as the blog to accompany the new website.
So, I’m a designer with a passion for fabric and the environment, repurposing gently used things, giving them new (or longer) life, and keeping them out of landfills. I’m on a mission to normalize garment mending and repair to promote a culture of community around reuse and repair, despite the current era of crass commercialism, mass-production, and throw-away culture.
Header image credit: Essex Salt Marsh, Ipswich MA ~ mas
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