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Check out Suzanne Knight’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Suzanne Knight.

Suzanne, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Just six years old I wanted to be a cowgirl. Teenage Suzanne wanted to be a professional ice skater. The early twenties you could find me swimming and do water ballet. Always in the background, I did art. Art for me is like an invisible red string running through my life trying my personalities together. In my early thirties, I decided to narrow my artistic focus to silk art.

That was half a lifetime ago. Instead of narrowing my focus, I found that silk art broadened my horizons and smoothed some of my jagged artistic edges.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My participation in workshops with master silk painters worldwide has given me a broad focus in my silk painting. Shibori, Marbling, Indigo, acid dyeing, ice dyeing, Wax resist, fiber active dyes, silk paints etc. the list goes on. This is a broad focus, under the general umbrella of silk painting. I consider myself a journeyman in the fields that I have studied.

My concentration is fine silk art and wearable silk art. Mentoring young silk artists and photographing subjects for my silk art have been enjoyable projects for me. Subjects that always catch my interest and tickle my muse are faces, doors, windows, children, cats and the cosmos. I am an abstract artist with a realistic touch.

Silk is a lovely canvas which absorbs and reflects. The luscious, swishy silk moves and sways with your body. Since it is a washable natural fiber you can use silk for pillows, curtains, bedspreads, little-stuffed animals, silk dimensional objects like vases and bowls and framed silk art. The flexibility of this art form leads critics to classify silk art as “CRAFT” or “Mixed media”.

Silk art has been around for thousands of years. I have seen a Chinese silk painting, by Su Hanchen (active 1130–1160 Song Dynasty), depicting playing children wearing silk clothes. Painting on silk happened long before acrylic or oils, watercolor or pastels. In my lifetime I would like to see galleries around the world add the category of “Silk Painting”.

When entering a gallery exhibit, we silk painters are forced to enter our art in the Mixed Media category and be grouped with the hodgepodge of other disciplines in that category.

Do current events, local or global, affect your work and what you are focused on?
In today’s crazy world, it is important to figure out who you admire and why. Choose an approachable, ethical mentor with shared common goals who will resonate with your soul. You will find yourself communicating with your mentor on a myriad of issues, not just silk art.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
The websites listed below are both informative and educational. By checking every so often with our WEB pages, you can keep up to date on future Silk events, classes and gallery shows. I have been an active volunteer in the following silk organizations for nearly 20 years.

– International Chapter Director for Silk Painters International 2010 – Since 2010 SPIN Chapters have grown from 6 to 21 chapters worldwide

– President, San Diego Silk Guild 2007 – Since 2007 the guild has grown from 4 members to 55 members. Our activities include gallery shows, quarterly meetings, workshops, classes and community outreach programs.

– Raised Eyebrow Silks Owner 1995
– Suz Knight Pinterest Page
– Raised Eyebrow Silks Facebook

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Image Credit:
Brock Scott, Precious Mizell, Padgett Mason, Mary Drummond and Jennifer Takahashi

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