On her first wedding anniversary Mary LaHood received a cone of cotton yarn from her husband. Five days later, on Christmas morning, he surprised her with her first loom which had traveled by ship with a young woman emigrating from Norway some eighty years earlier.
past and present continue to intertwine in Mary’s work as she melds traditional weave structures with her one-of-a-kind colorscapes. Mary draws her inspiration from the Black Hills: the rich, vibrant hues of wood lily, yellow lady slipper and larkspur; the soft muted tones of pasque in the spring and aspen in the autumn. She hand-dyes and hand-weaves unique wearable art pieces in fine, natural fibers of bamboo, Tencel and silk.
Mary has enjoyed many interesting pastimes including fiction writing and rock climbing. She is a master gardener and has a private pilot’s license. Her greatest source of pride, however, is her four children. Mary, along with her husband with whom she operates a construction company, live in the Black Hills of South Dakota.