Each participant creates one or two landscape quilts along with several small studies. The class studies different approaches to representing landscape, including those of artists in a variety of media. Sue Benner shows students how to look at the landscape, analyze it, and translate it to fabric using several fused construction methods to help them each accomplish their goals. For those that are taking this workshop for the second time, a more ambitious project can be pursued.
Sue began making landscape images from raw edges, selvedges, and other odds and ends from scrap bags. From there she has gone on to add other techniques and develop a large series of work inspired by wetlands and prairies in her childhood home state of Wisconsin.
Previous students of this class have told Sue that this changed the way they saw the land.
Sue Benner has been working as a studio artist since 1980 in the field of textile and quilt art. She continues to push the structure and content of her work. Benner is known for her complex dye-painted silks which she combines with recycled textiles to form fields of layered pattern, vivid beauty, and riotous variation. Her academic background in science and art (BS in Molecular Biology, MA in Biomedical Communication/Illustration) lays the groundwork for her experimentation and development. Sue’s artwork is in many private, corporate, and institutional collections. Her work has been juried into Quilt National seven times and she served as a juror in 2009. A respected educator, Benner lectures and teaches workshops in surface design, textile collage, fused quilt construction, and artistic inspiration.