FIBER ARTIST

Susan Brubaker Knapp

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about

I am a fiber artist, designer, author, and teacher.

 

Quilting started as a hobby, but turned into a passion and a business.
I now teach nationally and internationally, host “Quilting Arts TV,” and have produced numerous patterns, two books, and five video workshops.

 

I love traditional hand quilting and needleturn appliqué, but embraced innovative machine techniques and started making art quilts in 2005. My quilts have won national as well as local awards, and have been exhibited at national and international venues. I have won seven Best of Show awards at three different quilting guilds, with six different quilts.

 

My work has been featured in several national magazines, and in the 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 Quilting Arts Calendars and the 2012 Quilt Art Engagement Calendar. It has graced the covers of five issues of Quilting Arts magazine.

 

I am the author of two books – Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art (C&T Publishing, 2011), and Appliqué Petal Party (C&T Publishing, 2009). I have also produced five DVDs with Quilting Arts: “Master Machine Quilting: Free-Motion Stitching and Thread Sketching” (2009), “Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics” (2010), and “Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch” (2011), “Fabulous Finishes: Seven Techniques for Binding, Facing, Framing & Hanging a Quilt” (2014), and “52 Free-Motion Quilting Motifs and Fillers” (2015). My first series of six lessons on thread sketching ran in Quilting Arts magazine throughout 2010, and the second series ran in Quilting Arts magazine in 2014.

 

I appeared in seasons 1300, 900, 700 and 500 of “Quilting Arts TV” with Pokey Bolton before taking over as host with Series 1400. In 2011 and 2015, I was featured on “The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims” (episodes 901 and 1709). And I’ve been interviewed by Mark Lipinski and Pat Sloan on their radio shows.

 

Previously, I created a graphic design and communications business, designing logos, corporate identity systems, newsletters, magazines, annual reports and brochures. I am an experienced writer, and have worked in corporate communications and also as a page designer for The Charlotte Observer (Charlotte, N.C.) and The Herald-Leader (Lexington, Ky.).

 

I grew up in Mt. Lebanon, Pa., a suburb of Pittsburgh, and earned my B.A. in English at Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.), spending my junior year at The University of St. Andrews (Scotland); and my M.A. in journalism at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I now live near Charlotte, N.C., with my husband, Rob, a journalist, and two daughters.

resumé

Artist’s statement

Creating fiber art is my consuming passion. I am an artist who works in fabric and thread. I find great joy in creating works that draw people closer and invite them to savor color, texture and form.

 

The art I create is my way of celebrating and documenting the deep mysteries of the world that are to be experienced only by close inspection of the miraculous details of nature.

 

While my core materials — cloth and thread — are those used in traditional quilting, I often employ substances such as fabric paints and dyes, Tyvek, Angelina fibers, and water-soluble wax pastels, to transform the cloth.

 

Nearly all of my work is realistic in style, and starts with original photographs of the subjects. I use two primary techniques – wholecloth painting, and fused appliqué – then heavily free-motion thread sketch the surface before quilting.

 

Exhibitions & Awards

Crystalline

“Patterns,” Dinner at Eight Artists, International Quilt Festival - Houston 2016;
International Quilt Festival – Chicago 2017

 

Old Red Door

“Affinity,” Dinner at Eight Artists, International Quilt Festival - Houston 2015;
International Quilt Festival – Chicago 2016

 

The Gift

“The Art of Native Plants,” Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, April 9 - July 24, 2016

 

Fancy Goldfish

“Animals We Love,” International Quilt Festival - Houston 2015

 

Suffolk Sheep

“From Insects to Elephants,” Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2016

 

NZ Chook

“From Insects to Elephants,” Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2016

 

Beetles

“From Insects to Elephants,” Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2016

 

Parrot Peek-a-Boo

“From Insects to Elephants,” Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2016

 

Fall Color

MQX - Pacific Northwest 2013, First Place, Small Wallhanging
International Quilt Festival - Houston 2015, Finalist
“The Art of Native Plants,” Blowing Rock Art & History Museum, April 9 - July 24, 2016

 

Up and Away

“An Invitational Flutter of Butterfly Art Quilts,” Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX, April 3-June 29, 2014

 

Hope is the Thing

Lake Norman Quilters 2011 Show, Best of Show,

and First Place, Medium Art Quilt

 

Maximum Cat Nap

International Quit Festival – Houston 2011, Third Place, Art Quilt – Miniature

“From Insects to Elephants,” Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts, Oct. 2015-Jan. 2016

 

Freckles

International Quit Festival – Houston 2011, Finalist

 

Psychedelic Peacock

International Quit Market – Houston 2011

 

Blueberry Jam

Lake Norman Quilters 2011 Show, First Place, Medium Appliqué Quilt

 

Trouble in the Pumpkin Patch

Selected for the Quilting Arts 2012 Calendar

International Quilt Market – Houston 2011

 

Purple Phalaenopsis

Selected for the cover of “The Art of Quilts Postcard Collection–Nature” by C&T Publishing, December 2010.

First Place, Orchid Art Show, Piedmont Orchid Society Show, 2010

 

Pink Petal Party

North Carolina Quilt Symposium 2010, Second Place, Large Bed Quilt/Other

2010 AQS – Paducah Semi-finalist

Lake Norman (NC) Quilters 2009 Show, Best of Show, and First Place, Small Bed, Quilted by Maker (Appliqué)

 

Candy Corn

Selected for the Quilting Arts 2011 Calendar

 

Coleus

“SAQA Frontiers: Art Meets Science” exhibition, Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 19-22, 2010; Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York, Sept. 16, 2010 - March 16, 2011; Visions Gallery, San Diego, Calif., January 1 - April 1, 2012; Global Health Odyssey Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga. June 1 - Sept. 1, 2012.

 

Lepidoptera

“SAQA Frontiers: Art Meets Science” exhibition
Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 19-22, 2010; Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York, Sept. 16, 2010 - March 16, 2011; Visions Gallery, San Diego, Calif., January 1 - April 1, 2012; Global Health Odyssey Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga. June 1 - Sept. 1, 2012.

Asheville (NC) Quilt Guild 2009 Show, Merit Award for Outstanding Use of Color

Lake Norman (NC) Quilters 2009 Show, Best Machine Quilting, and Second Place, Art/Pictoral

 

Autumn’s Bounty

Selected for the Quilting Arts 2010 Calendar

Quilt Market, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2009

International Quilt Festival, 2009, Chicago, Ill.

International Quilt Festival, 2009, Houston, Texas

 

Citrus Slices

Selected for the cover of the Quilting Arts 2010 Calendar

Quilt Market, Pittsburgh, Pa., 2009

International Quilt Festival, 2009, Chicago, Ill.

International Quilt Festival, 2009, Houston, Texas

 

Bohemian Bouquet

Lake Norman (NC) Quilters 2009 Show, First Place,

Large Wall Art (Appliqué)

 

Running Deep

Journal Quilt Project II: Elements – Earth, Water, Air and Fire; International Quilt Market and Festival, Oct. 25-Nov. 2, 2008

International Quilt Festival in Chicago April 17-19, 2009

International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, July 24-26, 2009

 

Home Planet

Selected for the Quilting Arts 2009 Calendar

Quilt Market, Portland, OR, 2008

International Quilt Festival, 2008, Houston, Texas

 

Teach Me to Hear Mermaids Singing

International Quilt Festival in Long Beach, California, July 24-26, 2009

Vendsyssel Historiske Museum, Hjörring, Denmark, 2008

VSM Australia, Australia, 2008

Craft Museum of Finland, Jyväskylä, Finland, 2007

International Quilt Festival/Chicago, 2007

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, Great Britain, 2007

Huskvarna Fabriksmuseum, Huskvarna, Sweden, 2007

Husqvarna Viking Gallery of Quilt Art “Imagine That!”,

International Quilt Market and Festival, Houston, 2006

 

Harbinger’s Hope

International Quilt Festival, “Quilts: A World of Beauty,”

2008, Houston, Texas

Denver (CO) National Quilt Festival, 2008

Quilt Market, Portland, OR, 2008

Charlotte (NC) Quilters Guild 2008 Show,

Best of Show, Best Use of Color

Lake Norman (NC) Quilters 2007 Show, Best of Show,

Best Machine Quilting

Barnful of Quilts, Waxhaw, NC, 2007

Asheville (NC) Quilt Guild 2007 Show, Third Place – Other Techniques

Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza 2007,

Honorable Mention – Innovative

 

Gossamer

American Sewing Expo 2006, Detroit, MI, “Art of the Quilt,” Third Place

Barnful of Quilts, Waxhaw, NC 2007

 

The Bluest Eye

Barack Obama’s Columbus, OH headquarters, Feb. - Nov. 2008

Quilting Arts 2008 Calendar Competition,

Finalist and Judges’ Choice Award

 

Sunrise, Sunset

Charlotte Quilters (NC) Guild Show, 2006, Best of Show

 

Heart’s Desire

Mooresville (NC) Centerpiece Quilters Guild Show 2004, Best of Show

 

Group Exhibitions

Patterns

curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison for Dinner at Eight Artists

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2016; International Quilt Festival – Chicago 2017

 

The Art of Native Plants

Blowing Rock Art & History Museum
April 9 - July 24, 2016

 

From Insects to Elephants

Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts
Oct. 21, 2015- Jan. 10, 2016

 

Affinity

curated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison for Dinner at Eight Artists

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2015; International Quilt Festival – Chicago 2016

 

Animals We Love

The Alliance for American Quilts

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2015

 

My Personal App

currated by Stevii Graves and Matt Reese

Road to California – January 2015

 

Reflections

currated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison for Dinner at Eight Artists

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2014

 

Contemporary Fiber Art

Burke Arts Council, Morganton, NC

Aug. 11 – Sept. 9, 2014

 

An Invitational Flutter of Butterfly Art Quilts

Texas Quilt Museum, La Grange, TX

April 3 – June 29, 2014

 

An Exquisite Moment

currated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison for Dinner at Eight Artists

International Quilt Festival – Long Beach 2013

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2013

 

ARTQUILTSfreezeframe

PAQA-South, Page Walker Arts & History Center, Cary, NC

Sept. 26-Oct. 20, 2013

 

Rituals

currated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison for Dinner at Eight Artists

International Quilt Festival – Long Beach 2012

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2012

Open European Quilt Championship 2013

 

Animal House

Cabarrus Arts Council Galleries, Concord, NC

June 4-July 26, 2012.

 

The Space Between

currated by Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison

for Dinner at Eight Artists.

International Quilt Festival – Long Beach 2011

International Quilt Festival – Houston 2011

 

Meadowood Stitched

with members of Fiber Art Options

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, NC

Oct. 1, 2011 – Nov. 14, 2011

 

SAQA Frontiers: Art Meets Science

Festival of Quilts, Birmingham, England, August 19-22, 2010: Pfizer, Inc., New York, New York, Sept. 16, 2010 - March 16, 2011; Visions Gallery, San Diego, Calif., January 1 - April 1, 2012; Global Health Odyssey Museum of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga. June 1 - Sept. 1, 2012

 

Orchids: Sensuality Stitched

with members of Fiber Art Options

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, Belmont, NC

Feb. 6, 2010 – March 14, 2010

 

Bibliography

Quilting Arts (Dec 2016/Jan 2017) “Crystalline” inside and on the cover,  “Creative Machine Quilting”

Quilting Arts (Oct/Nov 2016)  “Creative Machine Quilting”

Patchwork Professional (fall 2016) “I See the Moon” in article about Dinner at Eight Artists

Quilting Arts (June/July 2016)  “Creative Machine Quilting”

Quilting Arts (April/May 2016) “Creative Machine Quilting”

Quilting Arts (Feb/March 2016) “Creative Machine Quilting”

Quilting Arts Holiday 2015 “Merry & Bright Wallhanging”

Affinity catalog (October 2015)

Quilting Arts (Oct/Nov 2015) “Fancy Goldfish” inside and on the cover

Quilting Arts (June/July 2015) “Acrylic Inks”

Machine Quilting Unlimited (March 2015) “Childhood Moments”

Quilting Arts (Dec. 2014-Jan. 2015) “Stitching the Sketchbook”

Quilting Arts (Oct/Nov 2014) “Light and Shadow”

Women Who Come to the Table (October 2015)

Quilting Arts Holiday (2014-2015) “Quick Cuff”

Butterflies and Their Beautiful Kin (spring 2014)

Machine Quilting Unlimited (July 2014) “From Photo to Quilt”

Quilting Arts (Aug/Sept 2014) “Thread Sketching for Beginners: Your Top 10 Questions Answered”

Quilting Arts (June/July 2014) “Stitching on Painted Textiles”

Quilting Arts (April/May 2014) “Yes, You Can! Learn Thread Sketching from a Pro”

8 Spooky & Sweet Halloween Sewing Projects (fall 2013) “What’s For Dinner Table Runner”

American Quilter (September 2013) “How did you do that? The Making of Fall Color”

Quilting Arts Gifts (2013/2014) Halloween Table Runner

International Quilt Festival/Quilt Scene (2013/2014) Passport Cover

Machine Quilting Unlimited (November/December 2013) “Quilt Shows Down Under”

Machine Quilting Unlimited (May/June, 2013) “In the Studio”

Patchwork Professional (March 2013) “Interview with Step-by-Step Project”

Genetics in Medicine (January 2013) featured “Uncle Albert’s Reverie” on the cover

Notebook Covers (Craft Tree, March 2013)

Evening Bags (Craft Tree, March 2013)

Fun Home Accessories (Craft Tree, March 2013)

The Sketchbook Challenge by Sue Bleiweiss (Potter Craft, 2012)

Quilting Arts Gifts 2011

Point, Click, Quilt! Turn Your Photos into Fabulous Fabric Art (C&T, 2011)

Modern Blocks (C&T, 2011)

The Art of Quilts Postcard Collection: Architecture (C&T, 2011)

2012 Quilting Arts Calendar

Quilt Art Engagement Calendar 2012

The Charlotte Observer, Lake Norman News July 6, 2011 “She’s threading together a full life in quilting”

101 Patchwork Projects + Quilts (Quilting Arts/Interweave, 2011)

The Art of Quilts Postcard Collection: Nature (C&T, 2010)

Quilters Newsletter, December 2010/January 2011

2011 Quilting Arts Calendar

Quilting Arts Gifts 2010

Easy Quilts Fall 2010

In Stitches eMagazine 2010

2010 Quilting Arts Calendar

SAQA Portfolio 17

Quilting Arts magazine, Feb/March 2010, April/May 2010, June/July 2010, August/September 2010, October/November 2010, December 2010/January 2011

SAQA: Art Meets Science (exhibition catalog) 2010

Machine Quilting Unlimited (article by Sarah Ann Smith) January 2010

Appliqué Petal Party (C&T Publishing) October 2009

2010 Quilting Arts Calendar

Quilt Scene magazine, October 2009

Cloth Paper Scissors Studios magazine, Fall 2009

Quilt magazine, February/March 2009

Quilting Arts Gifts 2008

2009 Quilting Arts Calendar

SAQA Portfolio 16

Quilting Arts, August/September 2007

MasterPieces: Imagine That! (2006)

Lake Norman Magazine, “Sew appealing: Quilter’s workmanship

is pure artistry” (2005); “Nearly Famous” (2006)

The Charlotte Observer, 2007, 2006

The Mooresville Tribune, 2007, 2006, 2004

Lake Norman Navigator, 2007

 

Television, VidCasts, Video and DVDs

Quilting Arts TV Series 1900 (Winter 2017, host)

Quilting Arts TV Series 1800 (Summer 2016, host)

Quilting Arts TV Series 1700 (Winter 2016, host)

Quilting Arts Workshop DVD “52 Free-Motion Quilting Motifs and Fillers” (2015)

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (www.thequiltshow.com) Episode 1709 – debuted Oct. 26, 2015

Quilting Arts TV Series 1600 (Summer 2015, host)

Quilting Arts TV Series 1500 (Winter 2015, host)

Charlotte Today, WNBC-Charlotte (guest)

Quilting Arts TV Series 1400 (Summer 2014, host)

Guest on Pat Sloan’s Radio Show, Aug. 25, 2014

Quilting Arts Workshop DVD “Fabulous Finishes: Seven Techniques for Binding, Facing, Framing & Hanging a Quilt” (2014)

Quilting Arts TV Series 1300, Episodes 1301, 1304, 1311 and 1313 (2014)

Quilting Arts Workshop DVD “Dynamic Quilt Design: Paint Meets Stitch” (2011)

Quilting Arts TV Series 900, Episodes 901, 904 and 907 (2011 - 2012)

Guest on “American Patchwork & Quilting Radio” hosted by Pat Sloan, on Aug. 15, 2011

The Quilt Show with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims (www.thequiltshow.com) Episode 1709 – debuted Oct. 26, 2015; and Episode 901 – debuted July 4, 2011

Guest on Mark Lipinski’s “Creative Mojo” June 8, 2011

Quilting Arts Workshop DVD “Master Machine Quilting: Free-motion Stitching and Thread Sketching” (2010)

Quilting Arts TV Series 700, Episodes 703, 707 and 712 (2010 - 2011)

Quilting Arts TV Series 500, Episodes 501 and 513 (2009 - 2010)

Quilting Arts Workshop DVD “Master Machine Stitching: Thread Sketching Beyond the Basics” (2009)

Interviewed by Bonnie McCaffery Vidcast 42

Guest on Pat Sloan’s Creative Talk Radio March 8, 2010

 

Professional Memberships

American Craft Council

Studio Art Quilt Associates (Juried Artist Member)

PAQA-South

Alliance for American Quilts

Fiber Art Options (Charlotte area fiber artists)

American Quilters Society

International Quilt Association

Charlotte Quilters’ Guild

Lake Norman Quilters

 

Education

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

M.A. in Journalism, May 1994. Concentration in news/editorial, graphic design and management.

 

Allegheny College, Meadville PA

B.A. in English, June 1985. Graduated cum laude with honors in English.

Alden Scholar (Dean’s list) all years.

 

St. Andrews University, Scotland

Junior year studies. Certificate of Merit in English.

 

Professional experience

President, Blue Moon River

2006 to present.

Quilt pattern design, teaching, writing, web design.

 

President, Black Cat Graphics

1988 to 2011.

Graphic design, illustration, writing, editing and public relations.

 

Page Designer, The Charlotte Observer

Charlotte NC, 1996 to 1998.

Graphic design, illustration.

 

Director of Communications, Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association

Richmond VA, 1994 to 1996.

Graphic design, illustration, writing & editing.

 

Design Desk Editor, Lexington Herald-Leader

Lexington KY, 1990 to 1992.

Graphic design.

 

Publications Editor, Atlantic Mutual Companies

Murray Hill NJ, 1987 to 1988.

Writing, editing, managing publication production.

 

Communications Associate, Chase Manhattan Bank

New York NY, 1985 to 1987.

Writing, editing, managing publication production.