C California Style

Downtown L.A. Artist Mary Little Sculpts Cloth into Art

by C California Style

Textiles go 3-D

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of C Magazine.

MARY LITTLE Henderson canvas panel, $2,150. PHOTO: courtesy of Mary Little Studio.

MARY LITTLE Henderson canvas panel, $2,150. PHOTO: courtesy of Mary Little Studio.

“I focus on structure, not color,” artist Mary Little says of her neutral architectural canvas pieces. Subtle, stunning plays on movement, the relief-patterned wall hangings are a result of the artist’s love for sculpting fabric. “I don’t know if a piece will succeed until it’s on the wall,” says Little, who had studios in London (her work is in the permanent collection of London’s Victoria and Albert Museum), S.F., and New Haven, Conn., before calling Downtown L.A. home. “I moved here to take a fresh direction,” she says. “Being in this community gave me the courage to strip down to the essence of what I do.” Hammer and Spear, 255 S. Santa Fe Ave., L.A., 213-928-0997; hammerandspear.com; marylittle.com.

Edited by ANDREA STANFORD.