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Mary Bird is a textile artist and lecturer in the design and making of traditional and contemporary wall-hangings. Mary is a qualified teacher (West Midlands College of Education, UK) with a background in art and design (Birmingham College of Art, UK). From teaching in schools, Mary’s moved into adult education, where she helped pioneer the City and Guilds Institute Patchwork and Quilting Courses, the first of their kind in the UK.
For over 20 years Mary has taught to diploma level under the auspices of Dorset Adult Education Service. Her classes were rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. Mary’s teaching skills were further recognised by the City and Guilds Institute with a Certificate of Excellence.
Between giving talks and teaching day courses on advanced textile techniques, she has found time to create some of her own work. In 2016 her wall-hanging was selected for the Fine Art Quilt Masters Exhibition, an international juried competition held annually as part of the ‘Festival of Quilts’ at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The Fine Art Masters Exhibition celebrates the finest art quilts and encompasses work by some of the world’s leading quilt artist’. In 2014 Mary won a first place award at the Grosvenor Exhibitions International Quilt Competition, London.
Mary lives in Wimborne, Dorset with her husband, Ray and their family.
Updated April 2020
Mary designs and develops distinctive, high quality craft items in a range of media, but with a bias towards textiles.They are designed to appeal to novices as well as experienced crafts-people. Many projects are themed to each cruise itinerary. The very best quality materials are used, which Mary prepares in kit form ready for use, together with specially-designed work-sheets for each project. Although some projects may appear quite challenging, they can all be successfully achieved by everyone when taught in easy stages.