Artist Information for Susan Brubaker Knapp
Creating fiber art is my consuming passion. I am an artist who works in fabric and thread. I find great joy in creating works that draw people closer and invite them to savor color, texture and form.
The art I create is my way of celebrating and documenting the deep mysteries of the world that are to be experienced only by close inspection of the miraculous details of nature.
While my core materials — cloth and thread — are those used in traditional quilting, I often employ substances such as fabric paints and dyes, Tyvek, Angelina fibers, and water-soluble wax pastels, to transform the cloth.
Nearly all of my work is realistic in style, and starts with original photographs of the subjects. I use two primary techniques – wholecloth painting, and fused applique – then heavily free-motion thread sketch the surface before quilting.Images scroll down to view all
October Morning15.5" x 20"
Cotton batik and hand-dyed fabrics, fusible adhesive, cotton threads, ink, wool/polyester batting. Free-motion machine thread sketched and quilted. Based on an original photo of light shining through orange dogwood leaves one bright October morning.
Purple Anemone17" x 23"
Cotton fabric, fusible adhesive, acrylic paint (for small dots on flower center), cotton thread, cotton batting. Fusible applique, free-motion thread sketched and machine quilted.
Old Red Door40" x 40"
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton thread, wool/polyester batting. Wholecloth painted and free-motion quilted. Created for Dinner at Eight Artists exhibition "Affinity."
Le Poisson Bleu-Vert31" x 18.25"
Cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, Lutradur, cotton thread, cotton batting. Free-motion machine quilted. The fins, scales and lettering on this quilt are made from painted Lutradur.
Fancy Goldfish16" x 16"
Cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, cotton thread, cotton batting. Wholecloth painted, free-motion machine quilted. Featured on the cover of Quilting Arts magazineâ€™s October/November 2015 issue.