Saturday, May 03, 2014

Meet Susan Carlson, Fiber Artist!

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We kicked off the Grand Hotel Needlework Conference last night here on Mackinac Island, Michigan with a delightful presentation by Susan Carlson, a fabulous fiber artist from Maine!

She took us on a journey back in time to the beginnings  of her quilt making – her mother was a fabulous seamstress and Susan inherited her love of fabric and of sewing from her mother.

Over the years, Susan’s art has evolved from portraits of people, especially of family and loved ones, to other subject matter, namely nature, both whimsical and life like!

Susan is shown here at her book signing table after the lecture last night, in the company of Jerry, who is actually Jackie Compton’s hubby helping her out.  Jackie is the person-in-charge of pulling this great event together, and it has been fun getting to know everyone while here.

I took some photos of her wonderful works of art ---and I hope you enjoy them!

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Inspired by Susan’s dog, from a photograph.  What I love the most about Susan’s work is that she uses the same fabrics that we all do ---printed cottons.  Her eye for detail is amazing!

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Close up ---isn’t this gorgeous?

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Polka DoDo!

She told us that Polka DoDo has over 100 different polka dot fabrics in it.  I’m not sure I have that many polka dots in my stash ----but I love how she has used them, just the same fabrics we all use!

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Close up of DoDo

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Mandala with Dragonflies

I was trying to get photos while crowded around a table with other quilters so I apologize about not having the whole quilt to share.  I know you can see more of Susan’s work on her website at SusanCarlson.com

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Close up of Dragonfly – check out those eyes!

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She loves to do fish – check out this guy!

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Close up detail!

She loves to work with the fabric “as is” without painting it or dying it – just searching for that perfect piece –like a leaf that can become a fish’s lips, or the right piece that can become an eye.

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Golden Toad!

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Close up!

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Beetle face!

I am grateful to have had the chance to see these gorgeous pieces of art up close and person and to get to spend time with Susan while here on the island ---

Classes start today for me.  Today we will be deep into checkerboards with Crabapples from my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders!

More fun from Mackinac to follow --- but now, we are heading down to breakfast and getting this day rolling ---

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  1. Those quilts are amazing! Thanks so much for introducing this fabulous artist! I will be looking for her works again for sure. Beautiful & inspirational! Have a super day!

  2. Thank you for sharing Susan's art. It is beautiful. I'm wondering what her method of applique is. I can't see any stitching in your photos.

  3. her works is amazing - so life like

  4. They all look just beautiful! I don't think I would have the patience to make a quilt like that. But I sure do enjoy the end product.

  5. Beautiful! I hadn't seen her work before, thank you for introducing me to her

  6. I have both of her books and love them but your photos in close up are amazing.

  7. Love Susan's work, her books are fabulous. Thanks for sharing the detail shots, so inspiring!

  8. I have taken a class from Susan Carlson and it was fabulous!! She makes you have a different perspective about fabric.

  9. Jeri Matthews5:55 PM EDT

    Her work is just fabulous!!!!!!!
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    jeri Matthews

  10. Susan's use of fabrics never cease to amaze me! She is fantastic.


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