Always interested in fiber and design, Susan started her fiber journey in earnest in 1996, when she started taking classes in weaving and related subjects at the Guilford Art Center in Guilford, CT. Since that beginning, she has advanced her skills through personal experimentation, and instruction from master weaver Lucienne Coifman, Elizabeth Serbell, and Jo Dendel.
Susan has won several awards for her pieces including the Handwoven Magazine, Weaving for the Home, Award of Excellence, in 2003. She is an active member of the South Coast Weavers and Spinners Guild in Orange County where she leads a weave structures study group, and a frequent contributor and technical editor for Handwoven Magazine, and Interweave Press. Susan teaches beginning and intermediate harness loom weaving and rigid heddle weaving. Her work can be seen at Chemers Gallery, in Tustin, CA.
Susan weaves primarily on harness looms, and has recently upgraded her weaving looms to include a computer-driven 24 harness loom.
Among weavers there is a continual discussion as to where one finds their muse, in texture, color or structure, I fall firmly in the realm of color and structure. Within weave structures, my intent is to honor the weavers of the past with fresh interpretations of their designs that fit the modern aesthetic. In the realm of color, I strive to find color combinations that are highlighted and highlight the structure I am working in. My greatest pleasure is in weaving items that are both beautiful and functional and in producing works that show off the simple beauty of handweaving.