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Mary Lou Cook

Mary Lou


Honored April, 1988

Mary Lou Cook

Teacher? Calligrapher? Author? Minister? Craftsperson? Activist? Volunteer? It's not really possible to label Mary Lou Cook, founder of Santa Fe Living Treasures.

Having cultivated the philosophy and practice of honoring the creative impulse in herself and others, she has followed that impulse wherever it led, while encouraging others to do likewise.

"Anything that I do with my hands makes me happy," she said. That includes planting trees, designing proclamations as the official calligrapher of the city of Santa Fe, and practicing the simple craft of PastecraftTM, a craft using fabric and paste to cover solid objects, which she developed and now teaches to help people express their creativity. "The feeling of creating something beautiful that never existed before in the world, and creating it from something that was going to be thrown away, is wonderful," Mary Lou said.