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Mary Crovatt Hambidge Documentary, Tells Story of South's Oldest Residency

A new documentary tells the story of Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences - the oldest residency in the American South

One of the most remarkable southern women you've never heard of, that was Mary Crovatt Hambidge. Born and raised in a prominent south Georgia family, Mary Crovatt Hambidge became a bohemian weaver in New York in the 1920s, then moved to the north Georgia mountains in the 1930s to start a weaving enterprise with local spinners and weavers. Over the next 20 years, she would receive international honors and be invited to show her work at the Smithsonian and the Museum of Modern Art. In the last decade of her life, she focused more on developing a community for artists and craftspeople, which led to the creation of the Hambidge Center, a renowned artist's retreat, in 1973. One of the defining moments of Mary Hambidge's life was discovering the theory of dynamic symmetry... and falling in love with the man who wrote the book on it.

Shooting the documentary began in fall 2014 and included interviews with people who both knew Mary Hambidge or had written about her life. Originally planned as a 8-10 minute film, the story kept getting better and better with more details, resulting in this 30-minute non-commercial documentary. 

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