Mary Donatelli Schmitt received an Associate’s degree in Textile Technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Textile Development and Marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology located in New York City. Later, she earned a Master of Arts degree in Clothing, Textiles, and Interiors from the University of Akron. Her master’s thesis titled “Ohio Quilt Artists as Teachers,” is a study of the teaching styles and methodologies of several internationally-recognized quilt artists living in Ohio including Nancy Crow, David Walker, and Susan Shie.
Part of Mary’s fashion industry experience stems from her work as an Analytical Chemist for Bayer, A.G. While there, she was responsible for addressing customer questions and concerns about the textile dyes Bayer produced. The work involved measuring color constancy of dyestuffs, identifying unknown dye samples, and resolving auxiliary dyeing product problems. She also prepared dyeing formulae, known as “lab dips” to match customer-supplied samples.
Since then, Mary has pursued an education in fiber arts, and subsequently worked as a quilt artist. She has created dozens of original art quilts made for sale, donation, and gifts. It is this experience that led to her being invited to teach Fashion and Interior Design students at the University of Akron, Ursuline College, and Kent State University. She has been teaching at the University level since 2001.