Mary Walker Phillips
Mary Walker Phillips was born in Fresno California on November 23, 1923. She enjoyed needlecrafts as a child, and received her BFA in weaving from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. She moved to San Francisco in 1947 to work as a weaver in Dorothy Liebes’ studio. Phillips’ talent was acknowledged quite quickly, and in 1948 she received a telegram from Mrs. Frank Lloyd Wright, kindly commissioning her to produce drapery and interior fabrics for their home Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona. Afterwards, she travelled throughout Europe and moved to Fresno to freelance and teach weaving. In 1960, however, she returned Cranbrook for her MFA, focusing on experimental textiles. Upon her... more.