Mary Ann Kunz - Sewing and Fabric Art
Mary Ann Kunz has been a resident of Wrightwood for the past 16 years, during which time she worked as the Wrightwood Elementary School Librarian and the County Library. She has a lifetime of experience working with children - from babies to young adult teens - as she raised and nurtured a very large family. Mary Ann also has a very long history of sewing from personal, educational and professional backgrounds and has taught private sewing lessons to both children and adults. She developed a passion for the arts with a specific love of sewing, creating, and designing her own fabric arts. She believes the next best thing to creating one’s own art is to share one’s knowledge, skills, and talents with others. She loves children – “they are so alive with the excitement of their own creations and abilities, given the opportunity to do it their own way.” Mary Ann starts each class by teaching the basic skills of order and safety and then lets students go in their own directions and ventures of creating.
Mary Ann believes that sewing is an art that uses all the senses during the creative process: we touch and feel the textures of fabrics and textiles, see the beauty of color and design, and hear the sounds of ripping, cutting and the whirl of the sewing machine. We smell the chemical states of textiles and fabrics, and figuratively speaking we “taste” the joy of developing and producing the final aspects of OUR unique creations. And in the end, we sense the discovery of learning and developing in the educational process.