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.  […]

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? […]

The Unique Art of Embroidery

2020-04-07T13:46:48-04:00Embroidery Art|

The Unique Art of Embroidery is a creative and rare form of art medium. Art comes in all different kinds of style mediums such as oils, acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, chalk pastels, spray paint, and pencil. Some more artistic art mediums can include marble, steel, and wood used for sculpting your work. Embroidery although being a rarer form of art medium is loved all over the world. If you’re interested in learning more about this wonderful yet unique art medium, here are some interesting things you might want to know about The Unique Art of Embroidery. […]