Precious – a TEDx Talk by Susan Lenz

By SAQA Juried Artist Member Susan Lenz

Last January I was honored to present “Precious”, a local TED talk at TEDxColumbiaSC. It speaks to using and making a plan for all life’s precious possessions. I hand stitch throughout the filming.

My selection came as a result of the fiber art work I’ve shared in my community and beyond. My art quilts work to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in discarded things. I work in partnership with my materials, their purposes, values, and familiar associations. The video is really like an extension of my artist statement.

Generally, I’m not the slightest bit nervous in front of a crowd, even a sold-out auditorium numbering over four hundred people, but this was very, very different. I had to memorize everything! Memorizing my own words was tough but I think the results are wonderful.

I hope many will view the video because the message is so important, so relevant when thinking about our artwork, our enormous stashes of fabric, and all the other precious things in life.


  1. Thanks so much for sharing my TEDxColumbiaSC video! It means the world to me!

  2. I love this talk! Thank you Susan. And you’re so right – there are so many precious things, and precious people and precious moments – and death is coming. We need to hold them dear now.

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