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Mary Ashton is a papermaker, printmaker, book and fiber artist. She has explored the various aspects of papermaking, fiber manipulation and textile-related materials. Her paper, books and textiles have been shown in regional and national shows. These pieces incorporate her research into the many facets of fiber fabrication and design. She has studied and taught related papermaking, bookbinding, fiber and specialty technique classes and workshops in England and the United States.
Formally trained as a textile conservator at the Textile Conservation Centre, University of London, Courtauld Institute of Art, she has worked with various museums as well as being a private consultant for insitutions, area museum services and private individuals in the United States and England. She has been involved with the art world, non-profit studio work, artist collaborations, outreach with schools and “at risk” youth programs. She was Master Papermaker and Outreach Coordinator for Pyramid Atlantic Center for Hand Papermaking, Printmaking, Digital Arts and Art of the Book Silver Spring, MD. She has been involved with collaborations with other artists working with a variety of media. She teaches classes in her studio/papermill in Seattle, WA.