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Susan’s Solo Exhibition “BLUE” at Milton Art Bank, January 27-April 30, 2022

BLUE at Milton Art Bank © Susan Ball Faeder

Overview of “BLUE” by Jeffrey Burrell Photography

“BLUE,” a 3-month, in-person, invitational solo exhibit, featured the harmonious textile art of Susan Ball Faeder. Curated by the museum’s director, Sabrina Grey Wilson, the exhibit showcased examples of Susan’s art, born out of 50 years study and travel to Japan: quilts, fiber collage, sashiko hand-embroidery, and rag weaving, and her 100 cloth amulets ~ ALL with a specific nod to “Japan Blue,” aka indigo. Susan was the premier fiber artist to be welcomed at the glorious open space of the Milton Art Bank.

See a video walkthrough of Susan’s exhibition by Steve Gibson of Creature Feature Design
Sabrina Grey Wilson and Susan Ball Faeder at Milton Art Bank
MAB director and curator Sabrina Grey Wilson with artist Susan Ball Faeder

Selected Works from “BLUE”

There were 40+ artworks gracing the MAB walls and 100 cloth amulets (from my 2019 “100 day project”) displayed in vitrines that provided an intimate viewing experience. Here is a selection of the works that were on view:

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What the Tide Brings 1 @Susan Ball Faeder

The two pieces in “What the Tide Brings” series were completed in the same week but in different rooms. Tide #1 began with traditional -but also playful- log cabin blocks that build outward until the traditional grid disappears. Tide #2 uses many of the same fabrics, but block structure drops off and gives way to overlapping raw-edges, reflective of the ever-returning shoreline waves. The collaged shell cluster embellishments (on both pieces) represent the treasure remaining on the beach after the tide goes back out. The rose and orange-toned fabrics are actually vintage traditional blue and white hand-stenciled Japanese summer yukata kimono remnants that had yellowed greatly with age, but given a 2nd life by over-dying. Tide #1 has machine-pieced top and employs both hand-quilting (with batting) and Japanese Sashiko decorative work. (35 1/2 “Ht. x 19.5 ” W.) 2005

Arigato: Boro Boro Byobu 9- Poem © Susan Ball Faeder

Small fiber collage of vintage Japanese cotton kimono remnants, including aizome (indigo dyed), kasuri (hand-wovens) and katazome (hand-stenciled), old handmade Japanese paper called washii that was used for a shop’s ledger to record sales, and shells. Hand-stitched onto nylon netting. (11.5” HT. X 26” W.) 2011

Arigato: Boro Boro Byobu 8- Journal © Susan Ball Faeder

Fiber collage of vintage Japanese cotton kimono remnants, including aizome (indigo dyed), kasuri (hand-wovens) and katazome (hand-stenciled) and old handmade Japanese paper called washii that was used for a shop’s ledger to record sales. Hand-stitched onto nylon netting. (9” Ht. x 46” W.) 2008

Arigato: Boro Boro Byobu 4 – Night © Susan Ball Faeder

Fiber collage of vintage Japanese cotton kimono fabric in mostly darker aizome (indigo dyed) plus kasuri (hand-wovens) and katazome (hand-stenciled) pieces, clumped by hand to create a 3D effect, and then hand-stitched onto nylon netting. (48” Ht. x 19” W. x 1” D) 2005

Arigato: Boro Boro Byobu 3 – Day © Susan Ball Faeder

Fiber collage of vintage Japanese cotton kimono fabric in mostly light shades of aizome (indigo dyed), clumped by hand to create a 3D effect, and then hand-stitched onto nylon netting. (42” Ht. x 19” W. X 1” D.) 2005

Arigato: Boro Boro Byobu 2 © Susan Ball Faeder

Fiber collage of vintage Japanese cotton kimono remnants, including aizome (indigo dyed), kasuri (hand-wovens) and katazome (hand-stenciled), hand-stitched onto nylon netting and mounted onto a vintage woven Japanese kimono narrow-striped fabric for men. *Can be displayed on its own, or as a pair with the previous image, Boro 1. (37” Ht. x 14.5” W.) 2005

Arigato: Boro Boro Byobu 1 © Susan Ball Faeder

Fiber collage of vintage Japanese cotton kimono remnants, including aizome (indigo dyed), kasuri (hand-wovens) and katazome (hand-stenciled), hand-stitched onto nylon netting and mounted onto a vintage woven Japanese kimono narrow-striped fabric for men. *Can be displayed on its own, or as a pair with the next image, Boro 2. (37” Ht. x 14.5” W.) 2005

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