Susan’s first years of serious artistic endeavor were spent in the amazing world of sugarart competition. Here, she picked up valuable skills and lessons in her approach to designing. Beginning with the way she looks at the construction challenges of 3-dimensional design, her attention to detail in the painstaking creation of her exquisite life-like flowers, to one of her favorite mottos: You get awarded for originality –not for making a beautiful copy. Even though this motto may not always hold true in the real world, it has come to be such a part of how Susan thinks, that she makes a point of following her own creative path regardless.
Needlework had long been a passion of Susan’s, so when physical issues meant an abrupt end to sugarart; she quickly turned her attention to counted cross-stitch pattern design as an outlet for her desire to continue creating. Her unique approach to designing has earned her the unofficial title of Master of 3-dimensional design. You can also never be too sure what Susan will come up with next. While drawn to historical needlework tools and accessories as inspiration for her beautiful heirloom quality work, she’s also apt to create a design just because the thought of it makes her smile and she thinks others might find it amusing as well. Her take on creating is, no matter what you do, do it to the very best of your ability, even if it means pushing yourself to grow and achieve what you or others might think you incapable. Oh, and it never, ever hurts to have a laugh along the way. She feels both honored and excited to once again be given this opportunity to share what she loves as an instructor here at Artful Gathering.
Her work has appeared in Sew Somerset, Haute Handbags, and also numerous issues of Just CrossStitch magazine. Her clever use of clay gained her TNNA’s (The National Needlework Assoc.) 2012 Business Innovation Award. Before this she spent many years competing in the Oklahoma SugarArt Show where her breathtaking sugar flowers earned her invitations to write how-to articles on her creative techniques for American Cake Decorating magazine; as well as requests to teach locally and take part in demonstrations at various events including ICES (International Cake Exploration Society) Annual Convention in Las Vegas, The Oklahoma SugarArt Show’s “Fun with Sugar” and BRIDES Magazine’s CAKEWALK. She was one of 60 sugar artists chosen by BRIDES to have a tiered cake displayed at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal, NYC as part of CAKEWALK 2005. This cake later appeared in a special Receptions issue of BRIDES.
Join Susan at Artful Gathering 2016 as she leads you on your way to making something spectacular!