Sunday, June 12, 2011

Meeting Sue Benner

One of the things I love about my job is  meeting these incredible quilt artists whose work I have admired for a long time. As I have said, this week Quilt Surface Design symposium is on in town and that brings international teachers and students.  This year it is at the Columbus College of Art and Design in the heart of downtown and classes were held in the renovated car showroom/funky building.

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As you can see there was plenty of space to spread out and work in Sue Benner’s master class. This class was for one week where you would work on your own pieces but Sue and the others were there to give you some feedback and direction and inspiration. Everyone’s work was so interesting but none wanted their work published on the internet so you will just see Sue’s work.

I met Sue the beginning of the week and we went to Haiku to have sushi dinner al fresco. Mostly we talked about our teen boys, (we both have two), college, driving incidents etc.  She was so easy to talk to that I felt as if I met her before. We have talked on the phone and via email this year but still.

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Below are some of Sue’s pieces.

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And this is the new direction she is doing –inspired by ‘skin’.

It’s worth repeating again but if you can take a class at QSDS, do it! It’s one of the few places where advanced quilters can work on refining their art.

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