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Location:
Fort Wayne
Medium:
Fiber
FEATURED WORK
Susan Morgan

“I so fell in love with all the possibilities of dyeing that I absolutely had to explore that first and in detail. I am inspired by the endless possibilities of style and color in wearable art.”

Susan Morgan began sewing as a child, then threaded her way through the intricacies of knitting, crocheting and working with yarns, fabrics and colors. As she mastered those, fiber continued to be her passion. Then it became her career. At a nuno felting demonstration, Susan “immediately knew that was something I wanted to do,” she said. And she has been dyeing fabrics ever since.

“Often before a piece is nuno felted, it is dyed,” she explained, describing the path that led her to be one of the state’s top fiber artists. “I so fell in love with all the possibilities of dyeing that I absolutely had to explore that first and in detail. I am inspired by the endless possibilities of style and color in wearable art.”

Susan developed her own techniques and continues to explore painting on fabrics and different types of shibori. She says, “Playing with different fabrics and colors and how the dyes interact with them has been the most fun.” And she has turned that fun into profit.

“It is such a thrill when someone, who previously bought a piece I created, visits me or walks into my booth at an art event wearing it with a big smile on her face and a sparkle in her eye.” With a smile on her own face, Susan said, “Even though there are a number of artists who dye fabric and create wearable art, we all have a recognizable style. Recently a friend told me she was wearing one of my scarves and a woman came up to her and asked if she bought it from a woman named Susan at an art show.”

Susan creates her wearable art in her Fort Wayne studio, and when it is viewed as a body work it reflects a beautiful combination of natural color. Looking out her studio window, she said, “The stunning beauty of nature found in the skies, prairies, wildflowers, croplands, and lakes in Indiana are my inspiration.” And that simple link with the state was noted by the Indiana Artisan jury panel. One-quarter of the review criteria is the work’s relation to the state.

“I was invited to apply by an Indiana Artisan at an art show,” Susan said. “After reading about the organization and talking to Indiana Artisans, I knew I wanted to be involved in an organization of this caliber. I was so excited when I was notified my work was accepted that I was literally shaking.”

She also shakes with excitement as she uses her work to describe her techniques and the wide variety of styles of women’s fashion she creates. “I have so many ideas tumbling and formulating in my mind about what I want to make that it keeps me so excited about what is next.” Without question, it will be something that broadens her lifelong pursuit of excellence in the fiber arts.