Remembering those who have meant so much to us:
We have lost one of our very special friends: fellow fiber artist Mary B Kelly passed away Wednesday 3/16/16 in her home in Hilton Head, SC.
Mary was my hero. She has inspired and guided me since she as my painting teacher at Tompkins Cortland Community College
In central New York in the mid80s. Mary's patient, intelligent grace made me reach and grow. I was so delighted when she walked into my very first meeting with Fiber Guild of the Savannahs at Armstrong 7 years ago. I knew her instantly with her halo of white hair
and brilliant smile. What a joy it was
to renew our friendship after so many years!
Mary was spinning and weaving up until just a few months ago, finishing several of her trademark beautifully textured handspun handwoven alpaca shawl/blankets in reds, violets, oranges and turquoise to give as gifts to her family. Mary's art-filled life was a gift to all of us. Mary traveled around the world sharing her passion for the Goddess Figure which appears across cultures in traditional needlework. I've attached a link to an article about Mary's work: http://womenandmyth.org/2011/06/goddess-women-cloth-mary-kellys-keynote-presentation/
Our guild was so fortunate to have Mary as an active member sharing her passion for the fiber arts with her effervescent smile. We benefited from many presentations Mary gave of her world-wide adventures and affiliation with WARP (Weaving a Real Peace) and Mayan Hands, a free trade organization with handwoven goods from Central America.
Mary left her bold and beautiful mark, not only on our guild, but on the lives of people she met all over the world. She was a treasure!
Edna Mae Scott:
Many of us may not have know her since she had not attended in a number of years, but she and her husband loved the guild and it meant a great deal to them and their lives over the years. Edna Mae of Guyton, GA was born on June 15, 1925 passed away quietly April 25, 2015 at her residence. Mrs. Scott was a homemaker, gardener, fiber lover, and mother. She enjoyed the flowers more than the gardening, sewing, cross-stitch, basketry and weaving. She was a native of Emanuel County and lived in Guyton, GA for over 50 years. She was predeceased by her husband George G. Scott who was also remembered fondly by the members of the guild as a weaver and wood worker. He single handedly built two looms for himself and his wife Edna. Minnie Lee Bell, one of Edna’s daughters, contacted me about giving a loom to the guild as part of her parent’s
Harris Kandel Lentini
Our dear friend Harris passed away September 18, 2013. You will be sorely missed, Harris. You were an inspiration to us all!