Kentucky Tourism

Nehring, Mary Lamb

Versailles, KY


hand-dyed natural clothing including socks & scarves, hand-dyed bamboo

As a child and later wife of Naval officers, Mary Nehring lived throughout the world before coming to Kentucky in 1996.  Mary’s formal training began at the University of Missouri.  She is adept at numerous fiber techniques – from needlepoint to smocking, and fabric restoration to spinning and weaving.  Because of Mary’s interest in creating personal designs onto fabric she began her own business, Colors-To-Dye-For, a hand-dyed fabric company.  Now, her work is almost solely focused on original hand-created fabrics.

In 1998, Mary returned to school to finish her undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky. She completed a BFA in studio art in 2004 with a focus on textiles.  Because she thoroughly enjoys the tactile experience afforded by working with all types of fabrics, Mary is challenged to find new ways to employ fabrics and textures. She creates one-of-a-kind, studio art-to-wear, and her works have been exhibited in the U.S., Canada, and the United Kingdom. Mary is a juried member of the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Craft Marketing Program.

Mary’s work can be found at Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, Louisville; Main Cross Gallery, Lexington, KY; and Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.