Consultation & Education

Mary is available for consultative and collaborative work in embroidery education, metal thread embroidery and textile & fashion embroidery. The following are some notable examples of this work:

  • Mary designed the 2 year modular Contemporary Stitch & Design course for the Embroiderers' Guild N.S.W. She is the coordinator of the course and also teaches the Colour & Design module, which recommences in June, 2019.

  • Dr Tim Hunter, a Medieval Art Historian and a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in London, consulted Mary in 2012 about a pair of rare Medieval metal thread embroideries. Consultation was ongoing until 2014.

  • Mary collaborated with Dr Hweifen Cheah, the guest curator for the Nyonya Embroidery Exhibition at the Peranakan museum in Singapore in 2017. This culminated in being on the programme as a speaker and demonstrator during the exhibition. Mary also ran a master class in goldwork embroidery and delivered a lecture to 20 curators and conservators, in Singapore's cultural Heritage Museum.

  • Mary is the curator for Dr Helen Parsons' art installations at Gallery76 (76 Queen St, Concord West) and at Concord Hospital.

Mary has delivered and is available for lectures or talks (with a powerpoint presentation) on:

  • The history of metal thread embroidery.

  • The history of embroidery within the West’s ‘Fashion System’.

  • The employment of the traditional craft of embroidery in the couture and prêt-à-porter fashion industry.

  • The 'Shock of the New' in embroidery for fashion and textiles.

  • Embroidery as the means of expression for contemporary fine artists.

Mary offers tutoring to private clients, including those who wish to do ecclesiastical work. She has had a great deal of experience in working with Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Egyptian Coptic embroiderers.

Private tutoring in embroidery techniques, including metal thread embroidery, is also offered to senior secondary Visual Arts and Textile & Design students and tertiary Fine Arts and Fashion & Textile students.

For enquiries about consultative and collaborative work, talks with powerpoint presentations and private tuition please contact Mary.

If interested in the contemporary stitch and design course at the Embroiderers' Guild N.S.W., more information can be found here.

Mary offers workshops at a number of locations, for more information, see Classes.

Mary Brown - Byzantine Angel - 2006