In 2006, Alastair Macleod, chairman of Hand & Lock, the prestigious embroidery firm in London, approached Mary to ask if she would be interested in being the firm's liaison person in Australia during the preparations for the firm’s inaugural Prize Giving Conference at the Powerhouse Museum on the 5th November, 2007. As well as liaising with heads of departments in Australian Universities and Colleges and with the Powerhouse team for Hand & Lock, Mary was one of the speakers at the Conference. As guest curator at the Powerhouse, she curated the Hand & Lock Exhibition which included archival material from Hand & Lock, Wendy Birch (nee Lock) and Catherine Walker (one of Princess Diana's designers) as well as the work by the three prizewinners.

Mary was the art director of the two installations in the Embroiderers’ Guild N.S.W.’s large exhibition space in the Expertise Events’ Craft & Quilt Fair in Sydney June 2015.

Expertise Events have offered the Guild a large space again for 2016 because the installations were such a drawcard, especially for students. Mary has already designed new briefs for two installations for the Guild’s space in the Expertise Events’ Craft & Quilt Fair in Sydney June 2016 and will be artistic director from now to installation. The briefs will soon be on the Guild’s website Participants do need to be members of the Guild. If you are not a member of the Guild, joining will immediately make you eligible for participation.

Mary Brown - Hand & Lock’s ‘Embroidering....the future’ exhibition at the Powerhouse Museum 2007.