April 21st, 2017
October 25th, 2016
Longtime friend Joni Vanderslice at J. Banks Design commissioned a large-scale print installation for The Boundary at Moreland Village in Bluffton, SC. Rick Rhodes photographed the original “Hobcaw Barony” (batik on silk) at their Discovery Center in Georgetown, SC. Mary Edna’s assistant Celie Dailey digitally stitched the images of the multi-panel batik art. It was printed on an 18’2″ x 3’8″ canvas, at such high resolution that it looks like the original herringbone silk.
Many thanks to Joni and Laura Page at J. Banks, Rick Rhodes Photography and Celie for all their support!
October 24th, 2016
The Fibers Department of the University of North Texas sponsored a 2-day batik workshop for graduate students facilitated by their professor Amie Adelman. The students were amazing. I hope to return to Denton to teach monotyping and have an exhibition.
August 17th, 2016
Hobcaw Barony’s firetower blew down in our recent storm, Hurricane Matthew. It marks the end of an era in my painting. One of my favorite things to do is paint plein air from an elevation point. Here are the first two oils done at Hobcaw Barony from this location. “From the Firetower I” was just acquired by Beth Thomas.
From the Firetower II, oil on panel, framed, 8” x 24”
From the Firetower I, oil on panel, framed, 12” x 12” SOLD
August 12th, 2016
I climbed the firetower in the heat of summer at Hobcaw to make small paintings en plein air for several days. Inspired, I returned to the studio with digital panoramic photographs and produced two large 20″ x 60″ oils on canvas. Email or give a call to come by the studio to see the new work.
Hobcaw Nocturne, oil on canvas, 20″ x 60″
High Tide, oil on canvas, 20″ x 60″
Mary Edna Fraser painting in the studio
Summer, oil on panel, 6″ x 4″
Watchtower, oil on panel, 12″ x 12″
Ocean, oil on panel, 6″ x 4″
Sumptuous, oil on panel, 12″ x 12″
Meander, oil on panel, 6″ x 4″
Live Oak Path, oil on panel, 16″ x 12″
Journey, oil on panel, 6″ x 4″
Atlantic, oil on panel, 16″ x 12″
Gratitude, oil on panel, 6″ x 4″
Expansive, oil on panel, 16″ x 12″
November 2nd, 2015
Ashley River, our first rug, has just arrived! Two more rugs translated from batik on silk designs are currently in the works. Please inquire about price or make an appointment to come by the studio. Special orders for custom sizes and unique designs are available. Thanks to Nathan Tucker with his Lapchi Chicago team and the skilled weavers in Nepal for their expertise in producing these high quality rugs.
Each design is a limited edition of 100, numbered and signed by the artist, Mary Edna Fraser. Atelier Lapchi uses true Chinese silk, a renewable resource, dyed in small batches with Procion MX dyes, the same chemistry that Fraser uses for her original batiks on silk. Cotton sourced in Kathmandu, where the rugs are made, provides the warp and weft fibers onto which the silk is hand knotted. No latex or any coating is applied to the back, making a more environmentally friendly rug that will not yellow or harden, becoming an antique over time. Each loop knot is wrapped tightly around its warp and weft, making a beautiful enduring backing, finished with panels of cotton hand-sewn for a protective edge.
Each rug is certified by Goodweave.org to ensure that no child labor is used in the making of the product. Educational programs funded by Goodweave.org help children through “rehabilitation, day-care, literacy, formal schooling and vocational training” and they cite 3,700 children freed from the textile industry through their efforts.
Ashley River, 5′ x 3′ silk rug, Mary Edna Fraser, Atelier Lapchi, made in Nepal, 2016
October 20th, 2015
Small plein air oil paintings on panel can be seen here, at the gallery on my website. These oils will be featured at Jericho Arts opening November 12, 2015 and are available as 6″ giclée prints.
On the way to Gunsight Pass
Sperry Glacier panorama
Plein air painting
Sperry Chalet staff
Mules bring in supplies
Loving the moment
After a strenuous hike through lush cedar and hemlock forests, I’m welcomed by the camaraderie of the staff at the Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park. Two of the more ambitious hikes in the backcountry are to the Continental Divide at Gunsight Pass and the Sperry Glacier Trail. The Great Northern Railway opened the chalet in 1914. No roads, electricity, or telephone made this the perfect place for an artist to work. You can only get in by horse or foot on an arduous trail. It was an honor to have been the artist-in-residence for two extraordinary weeks in August 2015. I’m in process of creating a book of photographs and oil paintings to document this wilderness experience. E-mail me if you’re interested in more information.
March 31st, 2015
I had such a good time with this group of talented women at the Columbia Museum of Art on October 17th & 18th. My asthma is making it difficult for me to continue giving workshops in batik so this may be my last. My heart goes out to all in South Carolina affected by the flood.
September 26th, 2014
I am so excited to be able to exhibit 3 segments of my career’s work with scientists in the elegant City Gallery at Waterfront Park. Over 1000 people went last weekend to see the silks. The show ends on May 3rd and the lecture is Saturday, April 18th at 2pm. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 10am-6pm and Saturday & Sunday 2-5pm and located at 34 Prioleau Street, Unit A, Charleston, SC. Above, Between, Below also has 2 films explaining my process and adventures.
February 25th, 2014
Celie Dailey’s 6-page spread in the latest Fiber Art Now issue is beautiful. “Mary Edna Fraser: Above the Earth” coincides with a book she has written, with the editor now at University of South Carolina Press. Celie has managed my artistic career for the past 6 years and brought my work to a worldwide audience. I don’t know what I’d do without her. Through her filmmaking, photography and writing, she has been able to intimately observe my techniques and that’s really nice for an older artist. For my retirement, I plan to teach around the world using Celie’s professional insights.
The article and the upcoming book both feature the batik, Above Mobile Bay, which is to be installed at the new Maritime Museum of the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, AL.
Above Mobile Bay, photograph by Rick Rhodes
Above Mobile Bay, with Celie Dailey, photograph by Rick Rhodes
I’m eternally grateful to Susan Pearlstine for commissioning me to create a work of art which hides her big screen TV. This site-specific piece is the first time that I’ve made my art move, thanks to Brent Havens. The main panel on the left, which covers the screen, is a combination of an aerial view and an on-location shoot from the ground. The trees feel like they’re in a mysterious creek and the Spanish moss gives the batik an atmospheric texture. Two side-by-side verticals are stationary on the right and show a satellite image of Chadwick Road, Charleston. Once the square panel moves behind the two verticals, it makes a whole new work of art. Thanks to Lauren Sanchez, Mark Sloan and Reggie Gibson for helping me with the process of design.