Marian Art Exhibition of Fabric Relief Sculpture
by Margaret Hays
Exhibited at the Marian Library: March 8- April 30, 1993
Margaret Hays, of Mill Creek, Washington, has displayed her fabric relief sculpture
throughout the country, including Seattle University (1992); A.P. Tell Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona
(1991); and the American Quilter's Society Annual Show, Paducah, Kentucky (1990).
She has received many awards, notably from the Pacific Northwest Needle Arts Guild,
Seattle, Washington; Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds, Washington; and Mercer Island Visual
Arts League, Mercer Island, Washington.
Recent commissions include St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church in Lynnwood,
Washington; St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Port Angeles, Washington; and Mill Creek Public
Library, Mill Creek, Washington.
"I have chosen fabric as my medium of expression because it feels good, smells good, and
looks good from the moment I start work till the moment I finish. I also love it because I have
total mastery over its basic tool, a needle. I do not remember a time I could not use a needle. I
especially enjoy the directness of the medium, where all changes in the fabric come directly from
my hands. I concentrate on rich, sensuous, vigorously colored, 'irresistible to the touch,'
"The skills of my hands are a gift from God, and I hope the work they produce will speak to
The icons began after a visit to Russia, where I was able to see them in their natural setting.
I found them most moving and discovered the concept translates into fabric in a most magical
way. Because of their small scale, I can make each icon into a precious jewel with infinite
possibilities for embellishment. Ideas and the perfect fabrics to produce them seem to keep
"The large madonnas were inspired by Mexican religious folk art. I respond especially to the
monumental proportions, ornate halos, strong colors, and naivety. 'Eleven Madonnas' contains
xerox copies of ten years of my personal Christmas cards and usually hangs as
the centerpiece in my studio."
WORKS ON DISPLAY
Eleven Madonnas 50" x 48"
The Holy Spirit 16.5" x 32"
Icon #8 14" x 21"
Icon #9 31" x 24"
Icon #13 17" x 24"
Icon #14 14.5" x 21.5"
Icon #17 18" x 27"
Icon #19 18" x 26"
Icon #20 18" x 26"
Icon #21 20" x 26"
Icon #22 19.5" x 25"
Icon #23 19" x 28.5"
Icon #24 15.5" x 24"
La Madre de Dios 36" x 52"
Reina del Cielo 33" x 51"
The Serpent Beguiled Me and I Did Eat 35" x 46"
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