Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Artist Profile: Sue Bleiweiss

Sue Bleiweiss
Upton, Massachusetts

1,  What year did you make your first quilt? 2003    Traditional or art? traditional (sort of) - I say sort of because I made it with cut up old blue jeans and flannel as the middle layer.  It’s since been turned into a dog bed.

2.  What is the first show, and year, that you ever entered your art quilts?  Images, The Best of Today's Traditional and Contemporary Quilts - Lowell Quilt Festival 2010    

3.  What is your artistic style?  Not sure if cartoonish is a style but if it is I think that’s the best way to describe my work.

4.  Have you ever changed your style from when you started making quilts? When I first started making quilts I tried really hard to make them using traditional blocks and techniques but I just couldn’t bring myself to follow the directions and quickly lost interest in trying.  It took a few years of experimenting with different techniques and materials but I finally found the best way to express my art quilting voice in the style I’m currently working in now which I would describe as playful, cartoony and breaking all the rules.

5.  What other style in quilt making piques your interest?  I am really drawn towards art quilts that push the boundaries of technique to create quilts that catch your attention from far away and pull you in for a closer look -digital transfer, texture created by fabric manipulation and stitch, surface design techniques used to create layers of interest - quilts with these type of techniques always draw my eye.

6.  What other medium in art influences your work as a fiber artist?  I’m not sure if it influences my work but I love to visit the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and walk the exhibits, soaking up the colors and images.  I’m particularly drawn to the work of Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse, Miro and Braque to name a few.   I am a huge fan of Chihuly and have several books of his work in my library.  

7.  What do you have coming up?  Shows, Articles in magazines, Books, etc.  I have two appearances on Quilting Arts TV scheduled to run later this year and my DVD 
“Coloring Book Fabric Collage: Dyeing, Fusing, Designing, and Quilting”  will be released sometime in August 2013.

8.  Where will your art take you from here? Not sure but my limit is the sky!

9.  Describe your studio space: My husband built a custom studio for me in 2010.  It’s a 600 square foot space with a ton of natural light and I absolutely love it.  You can see a video tour of it here:

10. What was the biggest challenge you have encountered in the making of your art quilt for "An Exquisite Moment?"  I actually had too many ideas for this theme and I had a hard time narrowing it down to one!


1 comment:

  1. What a great interview! I have several of Sue's hand-made journals, which I cherish. I love to read about my favorite artists!


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