Mary comes from a large family of many talented weavers and carvers from Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations located near Tofino BC on the unique West Coast of Vancouver Island. The Martin family are well known near and far for their many artistic talents. Mary is honoured to say her maternal grandmother Julia Anne Lucas from Hesquiaht Nation was an excellent weaver. She has been passionately weaving since 1990 and was first taught the twinning weave by many Nuu-chah-nulth weavers from Ditdidaht, Hesquiat & Ucluelet.
Mary sees herself as both a teacher, who shares her knowledge about weaving techniques, and a student who learns from others. Her greatest gift is sharing her skills of weaving with others who have the same yearning to learn this ancient art. She explains the reason she most enjoys sharing with others is that it was difficult for her to find a teacher herself. It took about five years of continuously asking around before she succeeded in finding someone she could learn from. She enjoys teaching both beginners and advanced weavers how to make whaler’s hats and what she loves about weaving is that there is always something new to learn.
Mary’s many woven items have been displayed in museums in Germany and Canada. Her fine weaving consists of the twinning weave, braiding, ropes, mats and modern cedar bark roses. She has been commissioned to make woven items for all occasions.