Suzanne Housley-Noonan 83 TX
Based in Barrington, RI
I started making quilts when I was 15. My aunt Nell would teach me how to sew on summer trips to Tennessee. My Father bought me a antique singer sewing machine. All it had was a straight stitch, but I was on my way and I have been sewing since. My art lends itself to be a representation of the landscape and nature around us. I studied textile design at RISD. I learned screen printing, painting, and dyeing process using acid and natural dyes. My mentors were my teachers, Aunt Nell, and my father.
I call my work 'Painted Threads.' These pieces are both complex and subtle, using buildup of texture, pattern, and a little paint or dye. The image is painted on a cotton canvas using oil paint and many layers of threads. The 'thread painting' is built up by continuously moving across the canvas in a circular motion through the sewing machine. I use a variety of threads and embroidery stitches to create depth and textures. The threads provide an opportunity to add a new dimension to the paintings using texture. My source of inspiration are my photographs taken on walks around New England. All my work is a one of a kind art.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
I am excited to be surrounded by fabrics, Procion Mx dyes and paints, while in my studio space. The photographs I take of nature are a huge source of inspiration for me.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
I enjoy the textiles that surround me everyday. I still hand dye fabrics and paint with dyes.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
I am excited my work titled " Pleasant View" was part of Fiber In The Present Tense 2016, a group exhibition of the Surface Design Association MA-RI Chapter, traveling from Arsenal Center for the Arts in Watertown, MA, to Old Slater Mill, Pawtucket, RI.
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
To see more of Suzanne's work, visit suzannehousleynoonan.com