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Susan Lea Hackett
Bio: Born in Southern California in 1948. Her mother was a master needleworker, and her grandmother an accomplished oil painter. She escaped to Northern California at the age of twenty and earned a BA in Practice of Art at UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on painting. After working for several years as an artist’s model, she entered a career in geriatrics, teaching various arts to frail elders. In 1984, she began making quilts, and received awards both locally and nationally for her art quilts. She teaches classes on quiltmaking and textile art through adult education, in arts centers, and various private venues. In recent years, she has returned to her roots in painting and drawing, working from a live model two to three times per week., and enjoys plein aire watercolor work. New directions include collage, mixed media, photo transfers, textile painting, and artist’s books. She currently lives in Alameda, California, and maintains a second home on the Stanislaus River in the high sierras. She is represented by the Frank Bette Center for the Arts in Alameda.
Artist’s Statement: My textile hangings are created using the technique of contemporary crazy piecing. In large works, the design surface is divided into areas and templates are made. Pieces of cloth are sewn together spontaneously until the piece is large enough to be cut with a template. Fabrics are always sewn together with seams, never layered, to preserve the integrity of the surface. In smaller works, no templates are used; the process is totally improvised. This technique allows me to respond directly to the cloth, using it as a painter uses pigment. Unexpected reflections and transparencies appear, forms are revealed in dialogue with fabric, and I continue to be surprised until the emergence of the finished piece.
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