Mary Ruth Shields
Gallery Shop ManagerSewing
Mary Ruth has been designing and sewing clothing, home décor and accessories for over 40 years. She earned a BFA with a concentration in crafts, an MST in textiles and an MFA-IA concentrating in apparel design. She has taught fashion and business topics at the collegiate level and worked in the sewn products industry for more than 20 years. As a sewing contractor, Mary Ruth owns a social enterprise which provides work for individuals who have barriers to getting and keeping good jobs. She is the author of the textbook, “Industry Clothing Construction Methods,” and a pictorial history of the textile industry in the Naugatuck Valley of CT, which are available on Amazon.