Tag Archives: Susan L. Feller

Finishing work 17 years later

I learned an artistic textile technique, rughooking, in 1994 and stepped into the pattern making (line drawings) by interpreting traditional folk motifs on frakturs. In other words using someone else’s visual design (centuries old and out of copyright infringement) and … Continue reading

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2016’s influence

It’s time to look back, review, evaluate and gather inspiration from the people, places and things on my journey of 2016. With students and friends while gathering for a few days of immersion in our mutual interests…fiber arts on the … Continue reading

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Rights and Action

The third in my women’s issues series addresses voting rights … “Iconic VOTE” Size (18 x 24) and some design components were established by the two previous pieces. Selecting the materials, techniques and design elements always seem to evolve from … Continue reading

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Grocery shopping for designs

Anyone who knows us understands I shop for ingredients but don’t make the meals, that is Jim’s talent. So it is not unusual for me to take photos in the market. Here is my design study of Thanksgiving produce. The … Continue reading

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A personal history

I knew when Iconic Liberty was finished in 2006 there would be more to the story. It represented the 19th Amendment to the US Constitution granting women the right to vote. It also represents my grandmother coming of age and … Continue reading

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My muse …. nature

I gather nature – preserving the pieces for a while longer. I use nature as the skeleton for my work. I am nature and my actions reflect its energy. I noticed when the green leaves are behind the mahogany ones … Continue reading

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A Leaf Falls

One day in high school English class Mrs. Bowen assigned us an EE Cummings poem. Minutes went by as I stared at the letters and then….. I read it! Decades later I honored this experience with “A Leaf Falls”. Welcome … Continue reading

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The finish makes the piece

Attending the 20th Annual Rug Hooking Week at Sauder Village I studied the 700+ works looking for different, effective finishing techniques. The border of a rug design, fringe on an oriental pattern, embroidered fabric edge on a primitive composition all enhanced … Continue reading

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Inspiration explored 50 years later

In a five year research project gathering personal background about Otha and Blanche McDonald from Letter Gap, WV I have been inspired by their textile work. Incorporating collage, embroidery, trapunto and stitching the ladies work embodies traditions, make-do, and balanced … Continue reading

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Stymied with process

I have a good design, pile of materials in a variety of values, and know the techniques I want to use why is this process not enjoyable? I think the last two ingredients are lacking something….but what? Check out my … Continue reading

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