Mary Brownscombe, originally from Ontario, has lived in Victoria since 1966.
From a very young age she has had a love of art and textiles and was always busy “creating things”. In the early 60's she attended the Ontario College of Art and worked at Currie's Art Supply store.
After moving to Victoria, while attending to home and childcare duties, she produced one of a kind wearable art clothing and jewelery.
In 1972 she worked with three others to start Circle Craft Cooperative and the BC Textile Centre and helped to coordinate craft markets in Victoria and Vancouver.
Between 1974 and 1980 she and Lloyd Cook operated a unique retail store, Deja Vu, in Market Square, selling vintage and one of a kind clothing, accessories,etc. She was also involved with theatre costuming with The Belfry, Kaleidescope Theatre and The Knowledge Network.
Between 1980 and 1990 she worked in the Exhibits Division of the Royal BC Museum,
“retiring early” due to health problems. She is now, as health and time allow, producing one of a kind wearable art clothing and accessories including purses and jewelery.