About | Mary van de Wiel



I’ve been an incurable doodler all my life.  All it would take was a scrap of paper, a magazine cover or a cocktail napkin and before you knew it? Black pen in hand, I’d be scribbling all over every single inch. I did that for years. Finally, bit by bit, those damn doodles took over my life and refused to be doodles anymore.

This is my story of Black Line Crazy.

Brooklyn, New York 2008  Imagine eight people coming for dinner. With only one long table, a huge roll of butcher’s paper and many different widths of black tape, I get to work.  (I’m in heaven.) People walked away that night filled up with the memory of black line madness. No one gave a damn about the food. I was hooked and BlackLineCrazy was born.


San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2012 Four months here: Life was feeling big.  I rented a studio from artist Gerardo Ruiz, taped gigantic sheets of paper on the wall and then started with a brush and a can of black house paint. I played with the resident artist’s dogs, sighed with happiness. And life changed.


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Brooklyn, New York 2013 Back in Brooklyn, I had this strange desire to climb a ladder. (Who doesn’t want to paint floor to ceiling?)  A salute to my fab graffiti-artist-neighbor @ElleStreetArt who inspired me. (And Finn, my sweet 13 year old who was patient with me.) I painted until I ran out of wall.

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Sydney, Australia 2014  Here I’m working, brand consulting, tutoring and guest lecturing at The University of Sydney’s Business School/Masters Program — and loving the blue skies & swooping cockatoos. I rent a studio in Paddington where I’m always at my happiest painting. The overhead fan moves air in circles around BlackLineCrazy. And me.

Paper hat anyone? Day 1º Art ChallengeBlows hot air in circles.Cut outs

Sydney, Australia 2015 Excited to celebrate my first exhibition at Saint Cloche Gallery in Paddington: August 11-September 1, 2015. The show, Black Line Boogie, has a three-week run showcasing BlackLineCrazy paintings on canvas, paper, fabric and furniture – and ceramics by Jan Howlin. Almost a sold-out show! (Take a look at the Exhibitions link for a video of Opening night.) At the end of the year, I wrap up the Sydney studio, head for Los Angeles where I’m continue to develop BlackLineCrazy madness, run workshops for business women and lecture at UCLA.

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San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2016  This is a magical place. I’m working here right now and tripping back and forth to New York, developing BlackLineCrazy and also running the Brand Lab workshops. Thrilled to celebrate my first group exhibition for two months at Galeria Manuk in the prestigious Fabrica La Aurora, August 6 – September 6, 2016.  Artist Lourdes Rivera’s gallery (see her pic below) showcased Black Line Crazy paintings on canvas, lighting and my custom-designed 100% woven rugs. (Check out the Exhibitions link.)


San Miguel de Allende, Mexico 2016  | POP UP | December 2-3 2016  What an extraordinary ten-hour exhibition it was!  Special thanks to my friends, new friends and the SMA community for showing up and for the support. The first POP UP Opening Party Cocktails on Friday, Dec 2 was packed out! And on the Saturday, we had a lovely flow of people dropping in all afternoon.  New Black Line Crazy work was on show__from paintings on paper and canvas to new products with BLC printed materials designed for lighting, rugs, furniture and things to wear, wrap and flaunt! Imagine 100% wool woven throws, messenger bags, clutches, shopping bags and more. Check the POP UP MEXICO link to see photos from the show. A video will be posted in the next 10 days!


P.S. When I’m not working on BlackLineCrazy, you’ll find me inhabiting a different kind of world. The world of personal and business branding. But, actually, now that I think about it, they’re not that different. Both worlds are about tapping into our creativity to bring meaning and purpose to life, living and loving. The lot. Want to know more about my work? You’ll find more links than you’ll ever need on the Contact page.

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