Susan Brooks – Textile Artist • Author • Teacher
Handweavers Guild of Boulder
September 2022 Day & Evening Program
Susan tells us:
Creating art using fabrics and papers provides the opportunity to build layers giving a sense of protection, safety, and security. I create my own fabrics through dyeing, botanical printing, resists, and painting and then am able to add dimension and detail through the use of stitches. I have focused on the elements in plants to imprint the images of leaves and flowers to create another layer of delicate beauty and interest.
Differing techniques are used to express differing emotions. Deconstructed silk printing is used for a very organic look. The use of painting thicken dyes on plastic has been used for my women monoprints. The morphing of the dyes give a feel of surrealism. Botanical dyeing, plant-based dyes, and prints, introduce the beauty of nature into my work. The love of the stitching, connecting threads, to hold the pieces together.
The tactile feel and visual beauty of fabric has been a motivation to creativity. As a child, I was fascinated by the possibility of transforming a flat piece of cloth into a uniquely crafted article of clothing. After a journey of making dolls, garments, and quilts, I am now driven to experiment with new techniques in dyeing, painting, and embellishing fabric. I enjoy sharing my passion with others by teaching these techniques and broadening my own exploration in fabric art. My aspiration is to tell a story, engage the viewer in a dialogue and challenge them to a deeper emotional experience.
I Hear Your Voice: Art Inspired by Listening to Marginalized Women
After almost 8 years volunteering in the women’s prison and currently going in as a visitor, Susan has learned to listen to the women, their stories, and the longing in their hearts to be whole and healthy. Women have profoundly influenced her art she has met not only in prison, but women who have been trafficked, fighting cancer battles, in the struggle to realize their value, as well as refuges raising their families in hostile lands.
The Healing Art of Hand Stitch
Susan will take us on her journey of learning the art of hand stitch and how it led to a deeper and more profound experience. She will share her own vulnerable family history and how long periods of stitching made the connection between the eyes, hands, head and heart ultimately leading to personal freedom.
Learn more about Susan at https://susanbrookstextileartist.com
- September 12, 2022 – Guild Day Meeting 10:00 am
I Hear Your Voice: Art Inspired By Listening To Marginalized Women
- September 13, 2022 – Guild Evening Meeting 7:00 pm
The Healing Art Of Hand Stitch
- Handweavers Guild of Boulder monthly meetings are open to the public and held at the Mountain View Methodist Church
- Meeting details – https://handweaversofboulder.org/meetings.html