Why I persist | Covid and civil unrest | Susan Hensel Projects


  “Hope is a fragile thing, Peter continued, as fragile as a flower. Its fragility makes it easy to sneer at, by people who see life as a dark and difficult ordeal, people who get angry when something they can’t believe in themselves gives comfort to others. They prefer to crush the flower underfoot, as if to say: See how weak this thing is, see how easily it can be destroyed. But, in truth, hope is one of the strongest things in the universe. Empires fall, civilizations vanish into dust, but hope always comes back, pushing up through the ashes, growing from seeds that are invisible and invincible.”-Michael Faber Many of you know that I live in Minneapolis, MN.  This is where the civil unrest began, with the homicide of George Floyd, in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic. The central east-west corridor that services my neighborhood, is destroyed.  There are no grocery stores, no liquor stores, no pharmacies, no library, few banks, few post offices and only one gas station and few low income apartments remain.  But we persist. And I persist in this studio.  My work is more important than ever.  Yesterday I wrote this post on [...]

Log Rhythm | Music, Wordplay and Numbers | Susan Hensel Projects

2020-05-28T16:19:02-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art|

Music, Wordplay, and Numbers This new piece, Log Rhythm, is actually a tribute to my father. Not only did he love to play with music and words, but he also loved to play with numbers. My father was an engineer who loved music, wordplay, and numbers.  He could play a tune on any instrument that he picked up.  Mostly he played ragtime on our upright piano and comedic songs on the concertina. (I never played ragtime. I thought I was the next  Edith Piaf, composing and singing heartbreakingly dolorous songs as a teenager.) At Christmas we would go caroling around the neighborhood with my father leading the pack, playing the concertina. […]

An Artist’s Studio Life is More Than You Think | Susan Hensel Projects

2020-04-24T15:49:01-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art|

Studio life for artist Susan Hensel is a lot of things.  It is playing with colors, materials, and ideas: the fun stuff.  It is making decisions about how to handle material mistakes: also fun stuff.  This piece, Jester: Clown of God, started as one thing and became another because of inconsistencies that turned up in the stitch-out.  I can’t even see the “problems” anymore, because the piece became itself once I draped it over a chair.  The paradoxical heaviness of the fabric against the visual lightness of spirit reminded me of a story by Tomi DiPaola: The Clown of God,  about a character who used his unique talent to bring goodness to the world. So absurd, to think that a talent for juggling could be so valued. But isn’t that what art does for us? That’s all well and good…but if you are an exhibiting artist, you will probably need to ship the work that you had so much fun making.  […]

The Chromatic Series is LIVE! | How about a little help? |Susan Hensel Projects

2020-04-24T17:55:25-04:00Embroidery Art, News|

See these artworks…and more, from the Chromatic Series now showing on the new and continually improving website susanhenselprojects.com! Susan Hensel Projects: “I am trying out some of the new capabilities I have on the new and improved  Susan Hensel website.  Please help me out by poking around and reporting to me, via the attached form below or this contact form link. ” I’m teaching an old dog new tricks! […]

Changing Contexts – What do you see here? Susan Hensel Art

2020-04-24T18:22:02-04:00Embroidery Art, News|

  As the sequestration of the unique and difficult coronavirus 19 grinds on, things come to mind. I mentioned in the last post, just as it looks like everything is on hold in the art world, a couple of artworks are finding temporary homes. One is shipping to Mark Arts in Wichita, KS for a show on abstract art. Titled as “Solar Flare 1”, this art is just made to put a smile on your face. It is a riot of colors and techniques in this piece! Digital embroidery artwork is intricate and beautiful. […]

Studio In the Time of ???| Embroidery Art | Susan Hensel Projects

2020-04-06T19:57:06-04:00Articles, Embroidery Art, News|

Studio time is LIFE. It is connectional, unrelenting, seeks order out of chaos and, in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it stacks up against the unexpected and unpredictable future.  Art IS long and demands to be made and put out in the universe.  But meanwhile, galleries, art fairs, and museums are closed down.  How many will re-open when it is safe to gather again?  The online marketplaces try to keep up, bringing in a trickle of income. What is it like for artists in the COVID-19 quarantine? […]

Starting Fresh in 2020 | Susan Hensel Projects


I have decided that it is time to start FRESH and consolidate my thought processes and lay them here, in the new location for my art blog. This is one of the places where you can find out about exhibitions, fits and starts in the studio, life changes! View fiber art and geometric art by Susan Hensel.  ​ I suspect, given the technology I use, that some think I know what my outcomes will be as soon as I press the button on the embroidery machine! Nothing could be further from the truth! […]