We moved into a new home mid-January and have been unpacking, organizing, storing. and hanging ever since. Today, we hung the final piece among our photos and artwork. It’s a felted and embroidered wall hanging I purchased the day we visited The Quay Gallery where all of the artwork was such high quality I wanted to purchase every other piece I saw. Many called to me but were not easily transportable from Ireland back to Oregon. Some art was heavy and others delicate. I could see them getting broken or damaged no matter how well packed in my luggage. But the wall hanging by Susan Basler of Suba designs was “the one”. It’s wet-felted, machine and hand embroidered and hand-beaded.
Everything about the Sue’s work appealed to me: the subject matter, the composition, the execution, and the materials. She and I talked about how much we like birds, in this case grebes. I find the grace and delicacy of the flowers is a lovely counterpoint to the grebes. The organic lines of the stems, the figural outlines of the birds, and the undulating lines of the background unify the piece.
I’m so happy to look at it every day in my studio.