VideoMaree Dowdey featured on an episode of Making It Grow! with host Rowland Alston. Courtesy of SC Educational Television.
Dowdey specializes in many folk art traditions she learned from family members - everything from quilting to the fascinating art of making “old-timey” country lye soap. She grew up watching her family and relatives creating items of beauty as well as products for everyday living. Her hours of practice in learning their techniques and dedication to the task at hand taught her perseverance, patience and a deep respect for these skills. For most of her life, she has shared her skills and knowledge of quilting, natural dyes, spinning, weaving, soap-making, basketry, candlemaking, and cornshuck dolls.
PhotoBecause of her close ties with textiles, she became interested in enhancing the beauty of fibers with natural dyes. She learned how to use roots, berries, flowers and many other organic materials for...