Enjoy this delightful fiber art portfolio from the imagination of Susan Sorrell, and be sure to visit her website to see more of her work.
Fiber is a very accessible medium and I have been truly fascinated by the use of cloth as a collage element for over 10 years. I am always experimenting with different types of fiber/textiles, beading, painting, printmaking, and found objects that can be attached to cloth or stabilizers.
I love the way textile art can push the boundaries of traditional quilting, embroidery and fine art. Using embroidery floss and beads are a novelty for me and I like making people re-think what is “craft”.
My work is about color and texture – relationships, contrasts, and blends. The images I use seem to go along for the ride. For me, art and being creative is an escape and a special place I can be.
I want to create images and objects that are special to me, so I tend to pull from my personal life, surroundings and interests. If I can engage the viewer to stop and look at my work for a minute or two, I know I have done my job well.
What are your goals? My goal for this year is to learn to do more fabric printing with screens and gelatin prints. Also, I want to experiment with more abstract imagery with collage and embroidery.
What are you working on now? I am working with gelatin printing and using mixed media as collage elements.
What inspires you? Nature is a huge inspiration along with photographing found objects. When I take my walks, I take my camera along to snap photos of trash or plants I might encounter along the way.