Susan Davis, Fabric Artist

 

 

 

 

Fabric Inspirations by Susan Davis

Susan first learned to sew in 7th grade Home Economics, graduating quickly from pot holders to skirts. She honed her skills using her mom’s old machine–her advice, encouragement and patience were invaluable!  Susan, after years of sewing most of her own clothes, bedspreads, curtains, slip covers, and gifts, eventually burned out and put the sewing machine in the back of the closet.

Around the year 2000 Susan’s fingers started itching to sew again. She bought a new sewing machine, some quilting books, took some fascinating classes and has never looked back. Currently, Susan is not interested in sewing clothes, but does find great pleasure in sewing almost everything else. She finds sewing delightfully creative and finds using patterns as well designing her own creations equally fun and challenging.

Like all quilters, Susan loves exploring quilt/fabric shops, but is also drawn to working with recycled jeans, silk ties, men’s shirts and wool sweaters— often combining these materials until pleased with the effect. Susan is am so fond of using found metal objects in her wall hangings.

In closing, Susan feels she is blessed to have had a mother who taught and encouraged her.  Susan is also happy to have found Artistica, initially working as a guest artist, then becoming a full partner in 2014.

 

Artwear Designs

  

Hand dyed and Handwoven Wearable Art by Debbi Cooper

My career as a fiber artist began at a very early age. Enchanted by my mother’s knitting & crocheting I “borrowed” her yarn and needles and taught myself. The idea that I could create something unique & fashionable was very exciting. As an adult I combined these two loves and added a third, fiber dyeing.

My philosophy in my clothing is to focus on creating interesting cloth. The handwoven pieces are created using 5 & 15 different yarns. All of the yarns are different: shiny/dull or thick/thin or bumpy/ smooth. This creates a cloth that is much more interesting.

The dyed cloth is similar in philosophy. There are layers of color instead of just one. I use a Japanese technique know as “shibiri” a more sophisticated method. It is my hope that you will find as much pleasure in wearing these cloths as I have had in making them.