Mary Holmgren has worked with fiber since childhood. In 1986, her professional interest was inspired by fiber exhibits during a Scandinavian vacation. Returning home to Kansas, she studied with guild members in the Kansas City region, and in 1994 left her day job to pursue a full time career as a fiber artist. Holmgren produced her handwoven wearables for a number of years,. Then, in the 2001-2010 period, she took a leave from fiber on a full time basis to teach 8th grade science. After retiring from teaching five years ago, she resumed art, exploring mixed media techniques. Currently she has returned to her roots and is producing handwoven tapestries in the Finnish ryijy technique.

Holmgren's work is not currently available through The Associates Gallery.

The image shown is titled, SUMMER. It is handwoven ryijy. The fiber content is wool woven on a linen warp. The piece is comprised of three 12" x 12" tapestries.