Here I am in front of one of my brighter creations, in my new life as a full-time artist
About Fabrications. The word fabrications is a contraction of fabric creations. It also means to tell tales. Thus it is the name of my blog which I write weekly about my stitching adventures. Thank you for being a reader.
About me. My name is Mariss Stevens and I am addicted to stitching. Because of this I have become a quilt maker and a textile artist.
My love affair with fabric and thread began in 2001 when I was shown the delights of quiltmaking by the Quilters of Grahamstowns (QUOGS). Since then I have honed my stitching skills, first by making bed quilts and then arts quilts. I have produced more than 100 quilts, from small to large, sombre to bright, and much inbetween. Houses and then trees have caught my imagination as subject matter. I am a member of the South African textile art group, Fibreworks. I have exhibited locally and overseas and have held three solo exhibitions in my hometown.
I live in a small town, Grahamstown/Makhanda, in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa. Having grown up in this part of the world I feel a strong affinity with the surrounding vegetation and veld.
As Mariss Everitt I have published a collection of poems called On Gardening. [Grahamstown: Aerial Publishing, 2008]
What do I do?
I have been many things: daughter, sister, spouse, mother, hiker, public relations officer, traveller, journalist, poet, gardener, school librarian, book buyer, academic, archivist, dog walker, journal writer
My proudest achievement is being mother to three beautiful daughters
I am still most of these things, but now spend the bulk of my time stitching. Textiles and thread have held my attention for over 20 years and, apart from my family, are an abiding fascination and delight
Another proud moment was a distinction for my master’s thesis
This is what I did in my prior life
Archivist at the National English Literary Museum (2007-2019)
Teaching Assistant and master’s student in the English Department at Rhodes University (2002-2006)
and various other jobs before that
“‘Life pumping through us anyhow’: Douglas Livingstone’s use of Darwinism in A Littoral Zone.” Green Letters: Science and Literature 5 (2004): 12-22.
“Jack Sprat and his wife: Symbiosis in Douglas Livingstone’s A Littoral Zone.” English in Africa 32(2) (October 2005): 53-67.
“Chauvinistic or chivalric? Gendered representation in the work of Douglas Livingstone.” Scrutiny2 11(1) (2006): 89-96.
“On humans as animals: Sparring with the beast in Douglas Livingstone’s poem ‘Descent from the Tower’.” Current Writing 18(1) (April 2006): 90-102.
“‘Muscled presence’: Douglas Livingstone’s poem ‘Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Snake’.” (with Dan Wylie). English in Africa 24(1) (2007): 133-153.
“Don Maclennan’s Letter to William Blake” in ‘No Other World’ : Essays on the Life-work of Don Maclennan. Dan Wylie and Craig MacKenzie, eds. – Noordhoek: Print Matters Heritage, 2012. 174-185.
“The NELM collection” [of Douglas Livingstone’s papers]. English in Africa 40(3) (December 2013): 25-32
“Select Bibliography” [on Douglas Livingstone] (with Lynne Grant and Andrew Martin). English in Africa 40(3) (December 2013): 149-166
“Urban ecology and the property rights of baboons.” Scrutiny2 19 (2) (July 2014): 40-48
“Literary letters: A discussion of selected email correspondence between Yvonne Vera and Derek Huggins.” South African Museums Association Bulletin 37 (2015): 32-40