Art Quilts. Art Cloth. Inspiration. Process
I am an artist who works primarily in fabric and textiles -- my contemporary textile paintings use fabric in the same way that painters use paint and I think of stitching in much the same way a painter would think of brush strokes.
THE STORIES I STITCH
The angels, saints and sinners who inhabit my art are inspired by the icons, imagery, colors, textures and natural beauty of the Texas Borderlands, by folk art from around the world, and by the experiences of my life and the life of those around me.
THE FABRICS I USE
Much of the fabric I use comes into the studio from thrift stores and flea markets: vintage damask tablelinens are dyed, stenciled, screen-printed and handpainted with original designs. Bits of old lace and embroidery are rescued from discarded clothing. Handwoven ethnic textiles, Guatemalan fabrics and salvaged antique kimono and huipils are recycled into art quilts and wall pieces. I print photographs and digital art on fabric, then add them into my textile paintings as collages. Most of my smaller pieces and many of my large pieces are stretched and mounted on wooden frames.
Explore my recent and past art work in these galleries arranged by series. For purchase, contact me at email@example.com or leave a comment on my blog entry page of this website.
These angels, saints, sinners and other personages embody an exploration of personal and cultural archetypes that inhabit Susie's world. They show up on the design table with persistent personalities and voices, often speaking with the voice of the Feminine Divine.
Art cloth is fabric that has been transformed through dye, textile paints, discharge, screen-printing, and embellishment, creating a one-of-a-kind length of yardage. Enjoy it "as-is" or incomporate these artist made fabrics into your home decor, wearable art or other projects.
Here is a collection of iPad art mandalas that I have been experimenting with. Most of these were made with the app Doodle Dandy. In my workshops, I teach you how to use this and other apps to make original designs for direct printing, digital fabric and thermofax designs.