Marylou Ozbolt-Storer has purposely continued to evolve over her nearly 40 years of being a textile and fashion designer. From her early years of hand weaving, silk screening, print making, appliqueing, piecing and hand manipulated embroidery (no commercial embroidery machines used) she has touched the myriad of fabrics from silks, to Merino wool and everything in between. For years if she couldn't find the weight of fabric she wanted she wove it. Through her training while studying in London (for both textiles and pattern making) and her desire to have the most unusual fabrics to play with, Marylou has designed the prints she envisioned and created them or had them created, hence the most Wearable Art available today.
Insistent to create utilizing only the very best & unique fabrics along with her innovative silhouettes and artistic eye have garnered her many national awards. Inspiration comes from anywhere and everywhere. Utilizing her ability to put prints, unusual colours, textures and surface manipulations together still excites her. Raised in the florist business and still being an avid gardener today has taught Marylou that colour combinations are limitless, it is all about proportion.
Marylou continues to sell to galleries, high end boutiques and to individual customers through being selected or invited to the best of the best shows around the country. "Although my Wearable Art is innovative, it is timeless. To this day I still see pieces that come back to me for alterations from over 30+ years ago. My customers just won't give them up and because of the quality of textiles I choose to work with the fabric won't give up either".
"I derive incredible pleasure knowing that I have brought such joy to so many customers for many years and years yet to come".
American Craft Show
Baltimore MD, Feb 24 - 26 2017
R.A.G.S. Benefit Show
Fife WA, March 9-12 2017
American Craft Council
Atlanta GA, March 17 - 19 2017
Marlborough MA, March 24 - 26 2017
American Craft Council
St Paul MN, April 7 -9 2017
Prairie Village, KS June 2-4 2017
Brandywine Ski Resort June 30 - July 2
Booth # West 65
Bellevue Art Museum
Bellevue, WA July 29 - 30 2017
Booth # O-14
Fort Mason Center
San Francisco, CA August 4-6 2017
Washington DC Oct 5-7 2017
As an Artist, my intent is to create distinctive, functional and wearable art that celebrates the extraordinary quality of the textile, reflects the beauty of the acquirer and the authenticity of my craft. Ultimately my goal is to provide an amazing experience for the wearer through the expression of my aesthetics and vision.