Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Artist Profile: Sue Bleiweiss

Sue Bleiweiss
Pepperell MA

1.  Describe your signature style in 5 words: whimsical, colorful, bright, fun, happy

2.  Do you ever work in another medium and, if so, what is it and what appeals to you about it? nope, fabric is my favorite and only medium!

3.  What's coming up for you in your artistic world?  I have a new book coming out in April 2015 that I’m really excited about.  It’s a project based book filled with art quilt, home dec and personal accessory projects.

4.  Do you have any studio rituals? I always clean up after finishing one project before I start another and I almost always only work on one project at a time.

5.  Who has inspired you on your artistic journey?  When I first started I was inspired by the work of Jan Beany, Jean Littlejohn, Jane Dunnewold, Maggie Grey, Janet Edmonds and Cas Holmes.  Now that I have refined my techniques and found my my own artistic voice I am inspired by the work of Dale Chihuly, Kandinsky, Klee, Matisse, Miro and Braque to name a few.

6.  What are the 5 essential things in your studio that you cannot live without? Mistyfuse, my BERNINA 750 QE, my iron, tracing paper and brown kraft paper

7.  What is on your design table right now? a huge pile of fabric scraps left over from a large quilt that I’m working on called Tutti Frutti Main Street II

8.  How do you juggle your artistic life, family, friends, etc?  I don’t over commit myself!  I keep a tight rein on my calendar and I learned many years ago the importance of saying no so that I don’t end up with too much to do and not enough time to do it all in.

9.  Do you have any studio companions (human or otherwise)?  I have two dogs: a cocker spaniel named Nina and a shepherd/lab mix named Sherry.  Both came from local rescue organizations.

10.  What was the biggest challenge in creating your piece for Reflections?  My biggest challenge was trying to get it done before I went in for shoulder surgery!

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