Mary Salome Vandergraft (emeritus)
Exhibiting Member Since 1992
Mary Salome Vandergraft’s love affair with textiles began at age four when she cut holes in her pajamas with her mother’s sewing scissors out of a yearning to touch the fabric and feel what it was like to cut through it. Since 1992, she has designed, constructed and marketed hand-dyed and painted silk garments and goods for the home. She works exclusively with silk, dyeing each length individually, using an extensive palette of over 250 dye formulas she has developed over the years. She says she was influenced by growing up in the American West. Many of the colors she uses are reminiscent of the sage brush, lava rocks, sky and mountains of southern Idaho. Her fabrics look their best when they are in motion, either in suspended banners or in her fluid garments. The movement of air causes the silk to flutter and wave, continuously changing colors much like the vibrant sunrises and sunsets of her childhood.