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Indiana Artisan Suzanne Halvorson
Location:
Bloomington
Medium:
Weaving
Availability:
Art fairs, By Hand Gallery and Columbus Visitor Center, as well shops in North Carolina and New Mexico
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Suzanne Halvorson

“I am an artist whose integrity of the design and execution of the work are more important than trying to cut corners to produce more pieces.”

Suzanne Halvorson is not a typical textile designer and weaver. Primarily, she designs and weaves scarves but about 25 percent of her work is done for worship leaders and worship spaces.

“Since the late 1970s I have steadily worked in this field, and I delight in creating one-of-a-kind vestments and paraments,” said Suzanne, who has been a weaver and designer since the late 1970s.

She found the field while studying art history at Valparaiso University. When a semester was packed with academic work, she took a night course in weaving “to do something creative with my hands. The rest is history,” Suzanne explained.

The opportunity to study textiles from around the globe and reinterpret those using contemporary fibers and her own color palette inspires this Monroe County resident. Her work is original, Suzanne says, because she doesn’t compromise when it comes to developing her designs, even though it takes a long time to execute them.

“Color and texture are important in my work and I feel like the natural beauty of Monroe and Brown counties are integral as inspiration in my color choice,” said Suzanne, who loves nature and lives in a rural area. “I like being in the Midwest where I can be unencumbered by fads. Bloomington is rich with artists of all genres. I find inspiration in the songwriters and visual artists of our community.”

In addition to practicing the art she has honed for 40 years, she is a visiting lecturer at Indiana University and Earlham College. “That challenges me,” she said, “to be current in my awareness of contemporary work in textiles.” In 2012, Suzanne will teach weaving workshops at Penland School of Craft in Penland, N.C., Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, N.M., and Convergence in Long Beach, Calif.

“I have lived and been a studio artist and teacher here for more than 30 years,” she said. “I was delighted to learn the there would be an Indiana Artisan organization, and I was honored to have my work accepted into this elite group.”