Susan Lenz

The "Strata Series" was inspired by the cross-sectional profiles of the earth. The resulting series was worked on water-soluble fabric in free motion machine embroidery. The series was SHORT LIVED. Thus, this blog is a place to BURY blog the cross-sectional profiles. It functions as a support area for my "main" blog which is Art in Stitches by Susan Lenz.

Friday, September 28, 2012


The Canopy, Found fibers.  10' x 12' x 18'. 2012.  Found vintage and antique household linens, lace, and doilies stitched to netting.
Nail Triptych,  Fibers and found objects.  19” x 19” x 6”.  2009.  Found clock case, picture framing moulding, glass, fiber wrapped rusted and hand beaded nails, paint, railroad spike, wire, clock parts.  A physical representation of the symbolism of a nail:  construction/joining/sacrifice/precision.
At Rest, Grave Rubbing Art Quilt Series.  Fibers.  53” x 44”.  2010.  Vintage sleeping gown, crayon grave rubbing, hand and free motion machine embroidery.

Milestones, Grave Rubbing Art Quilt Series.  Fibers.  44” x 36 ½” x 7”.  2010.  Contemporary, recycledwedding dress and veil, crayon grave rubbing, hand and free motion machine embroidery.

The Hour Is Near, Angels in Mourning Series. 2011. Framed: 37 1/2" x 29". Paper: 30" x 22 1/2".  2009. Xylene photo transfer, clock gears, hand stitching.
 Time Flies, 34 1/2 " x 35". 2009. Crayon grave rubbings on silk and polyester collaged with hand and free motion embroidery. Recycled felt batting. Vintage linens for reverse
Ancestors, Fiber and found objects.  8” x 20” x 8”.  2011.  Fiber vessel with wrapped wooden spools collaged with thumbnail photos of vintage family members.
Wall of Keys,  Installation.  Size varies, as seen approximately 4’ x 9’. 2011.
  Handed Down, art quilt.  47” x 43”. 2011.  Vintage gloves, repurposed paisley shawl and old cutwork tablecloth.  Hand stitched.
 Time Revolving, 3D Found Object Assemblage. 23" x 26" x 10". 2012.
   Time Signatures, 3D Found Object Assemblage. 55" x 34 1/2" x 15".  2012.
  Held Together By a Thread, Fibers.  24” x 24”.  2011.
 I Do / I Don’t Installation, Installation in site specific location. 2011.  Vintage and recycled bridal veils with free motion machine embroidered statements collected from the public about marriage and divorce.
Stained Glass XXII, detail.  On-going fiber series for retail gallery representation.  Fibers.  Free motion embroidery and melting. Framed:  64 ½” x 24 ½”.  2010.   This is an ongoing series and carried by the Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, NC. A free on-line tutorial for this technique is HERE.  This work will be shown at the Buyers Market of American Craft wholesale-only show in Philadelphia, Feb. 16 - 18, 2013.  This technique is also taught as a one or two day workshop.

Spool Cradle, Fibers and found objects. 17” x 24” x 18”. 2012.  
Wasted Words: Global Warnings,  Mixed media, Fibers.  Size varies; as show, approximately 9” x 14” x 14”.  2009. 
My Bluegrass Roots, art quilt.  45 1/2" x 35". 2012.  Acrylic photo transfer on vintage quilt.
Only Child, Grave Rubbing Art quilt series.  16” x 16”. 2010.  Vintage materials, crayon grave rubbing, hand stitched.
 Window I, Ongoing series for retail gallery representation.  Fibers.  Free motion embroidery and melting.  Framed:  17” x 15”. 2010.  This is an on-going series and carried by the Grovewood Gallery in Asheville, NC.  This piece won the national Niche Award 2011 for decorative fibers.  Another "window" is a finalist in the Niche Award 2013.  (Winner announced in February 2013.)
 The Teachings, art quilt. 44” x 30”. 2012. Vintage quilt and buttons, free motion machine embroidery on water soluble stabilizer for poem by Stephanie Levin (used with permission.) 
Two Hours at the Beach, Fibers and found beach trash.  51” x 38”.  2011. Recycled black acrylic felt, beach trash, repurposed bridal veil, thread.  Hand stitched.