Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Artist Profile: Susan Brubaker Knapp

Susan Brubaker Knapp
Mooresville, NC

1. Did the change in dimensions present any specific challenges for you?  I liked the square format. I find being “forced” to adapt to different sizes and shapes encourages my creativity. 

2. Describe your design area, specifically your work table: what is the best thing about it? I work in a small (former) guest bedroom in my house. I got my work table at Pier One; it is a banquet-height scratch-and-dent-sale dining table, so it is the perfect height for painting, drawing, cutting and tracing. 

3. What set this quilt apart from other recent projects you have been working on? I’ve been doing a lot of flowers and botanical subjects, so focusing on old wood and paint and rust was a change. 

4. When you get “stuck” how do you deal with a “design block”?  How do you overcome it? I don’t get stuck very often or very long. Working on something different for a while can provide time for ideas to gestate or percolate and for solutions to emerge. 

5. Do you work on single or multiple projects at the same time? I often have 20 or more projects going simultaneously! Deadlines – for exhibitions, publications, etc., – often drive my schedule and determine what gets finished first.  

6. What do you hope people take away from your work? I focus on the really small details of things; there are so many miracles there. I hope to encourage people to look closer and appreciate those things, to look for the beauty around them.

7. What are the best parts of working on an art quilt? What are your least favorite parts? There’s really no part of it that I don’t like. It is a privilege to have the time and materials and ability to create art. 

8. What art/quilt-related organizations do you belong to? Studio Art Quilt Associates, International Quilt Association, American Quilter’s Society

9. Do you have a preferred color palette?  Why? I work mostly in clear, bright colors. I think it’s because I’m an optimist at heart!

10. What do you regard as your most interesting milestones along your art journey? The most recent milestone is having the opportunity to host “Quilting Arts TV.” The experience of being able to see the work of amazing fiber artists close up, and to talk to them about their work is definitely influencing my art.
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