In 2010 she was awarded the prestigious City & Guilds National Lions Award U.K for creative craftsperson of the year and also the Medal of Excellence Award for her sheer hard work and dedication. Mary won the ultimate Supreme Award at The World of Wearable Art (WOW) competition in New Zealand for her all leather-handcrafted masterpiece of a mythological female centaur ‘Hylonome’ and made headline news around the world.
In 2013 Mary was awarded a scholarship from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to study and learn the traditional art of Whip Making a rare skill to be found today and has since produced whips for Olympic gold medal riders.
A Registered member of the Society of Master Saddlersand in recognition of her dedication to her craft, which has inspired many, Mary was appointed a Freeman of the City of London in 2012 and in 2015 was made a honourable Liveryman of The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers an established tradition dating back to the medieval times.
Today Mary works for the iconic luxury brand Chanel, running its UK Fashion Atelier working on a range of products from Handbags, Costume Jewellery and Shoes. As well as working on personal client bespoke commissions and her whip brand ‘Whip in Hand’ offering luxury whips from her London studio.