Mary Filapek &
Lou Ann Townsend
Our current bodies of work are inspired by the things that bring us joy; travel, nature, cosmic interconnections, and exploring the relationship between the inner and the outer.
We collaboratively build each piece as a journey that begins with a conversation.
Our mixed media work starts with the subject and basic outline for a piece, we each take on tasks for laying in and painting the background and creating the characters that inhabit the space.
We use paper and acrylic paint on a wood panel with colored pencil and ink on paper and repurposed maps and atlases.
Our mixed media works can be seen at art festivals around the country. Click on the Mixed Media Events link for current events.
Our modern jewelry is intended to delight. Everything is designed and hand crafted by us in our studio. Our choice of materials include sterling silver, and powdercoated base metals. Our current jewelry is inspired by architecture, geometry, texture and patterns in form and color.
Our jewelry can be found in our online shop by clicking on the Jewelry Shop link, or at numerous galleries around the country, click the Jewelry Stockists link to see a current list.
Our work is born from a collaboration that is always evolving in its details. We thrive on the development of work through a constant exchange of ideas and the perpetually growing vision of our joint body of work.
Our collaboration began while attending the University of New Mexico at Albuquerque where we were both completing BFAs. We have shown our work in galleries, museum exhibitions, art festivals, craft shows and exhibitions in print. We currently live in North Carolina and have been collaborating for over 20 years.
We have been honored to receive the following awards:
WDCC Award of Merit - Morning Glory Art Fair - 2019 (mixed media) Best in Show - Madison Art Fair on the Square - 2018 (jewelry)
Award of Excellence - Piedmont Craftsmen - 2016 (jewelry)
Featured Artist - Madison Art Fair on the Square - 2016 (jewelry)
Award of Excellence – Wisconsin Designer Crafts Council – 2015 (jewelry)
Invitational Award – Madison Art Fair on the Square – 2014 (jewelry)
Regional Artist Project Grant - Cabarrus County NC - 2011-2012 (jewelry)
Second Place Jewelry - Sausalito Art Festival - 2010 (jewelry)
Best of Jewelry - Des Moines Arts Festival - 2006 (jewelry)
Award of Excellence - American Craft Council - St. Paul - 2006 (jewelry)
Best of Open Catagory - Brookside Art Annual - 2006 (jewelry)
2nd Place - St. Louis Artfair - 2005
Award of Excellence - Piedmont Craftsmen - 2005 (jewelry)
Our Work Appears in the following publications:
Masters: Polymer Clay – 2010
– Curated by Rachel Carren, PhD, Published by Lark Books
1,000 Rings, Inspiring Adornments for the Hand – 2004
– Edited by Marthe Le Van, Published by Lark Books
400 Polymer Clay Designs, A Collection of Dynamic and Colorful Contemporary Work
– 2004 – Edited by Suzanne J. Tourtillott, Published by Lark Books