The exploration of abstraction in the art quilt medium is the theme of this workshop, both objective (abstracted from an actual subject) and non-objective. Through exercises, slide shows, and individual discussions, Sue will present several methods for developing abstract imagery. Each student will create a series of works based on source materials brought to class for inspiration. Instruction on using fusible collage as the construction technique will be presented, but these concepts can be applied to other techniques as well. This is a great class for pushing your personal work.
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.