Visual Arts


Mary Hamby — His Beard Really Isn't That Blue

“His beard really isn’t that blue” references the short story Bluebeard about a woman who learns the importance of listening to what her gut is telling her. This show is about listening and creating from my perspective using the classic techniques of embroidery, weaving, woodworking, and ceramic in various forms of sculpture and collage. Each handmade element is intended to spark conversation and bring traditional fiber art into our modern culture. These one-of-a-kind pieces are meant to add whimsy and joy to any room.

About the Artist

Mary Hamby is a full-time artist working out of her studio in Charlotte, North Carolina. The name of her business, Twenty Two West, comes from a place of inspiration - the address of the home where she grew up in Greenville, South Carolina. Mary's goal is to use traditional crafts combined in new ways in each of my pieces. She uses the classic techniques of weaving, ceramics, and woodworking to create wearable art and to build approachable sculptures that suit the modern home. Her interior design background pointed her aesthetic toward character-driven art that has a clear focus and an emphasis on texture. Hamby's art has been a way to connect with other craftspeople for sourcing handspun, naturally dyed fibers, sustainably sourced wood, and community driven ceramics. Her passion is to connect people with beautiful and attainable art.

Upcoming Exhibits in Gallery 111:
Mary Hamby
His Beard Really Isn't That Blue
August 4 — August 21, 2017
FESTIVAL Exhibit September 15 — October 20, 2017
Alexa Lett November 3 — December 15, 2017