Please welcome Susan Lilley, from Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, who will be taking over blog coordinator responsibilities from Jennifer Scantlebury Vienneau.
Born to a family of artists in Shawinigan Quebec, Susan originally chose a career path in the health sciences and only took up creative textile work when approaching retirement. Upon retirement, she earned a City and Guilds Level Three Certificate in Design and Craft (Patchwork and Quilting), in a three year program with Design Matters. She has been a member of SAQA for five years, joining our region when she moved from Ontario in 2013.
Her work expresses a fascination with colour and light. She creates her own fabrics, with dyes, paints and bleach, often using re-purposed cloth. Inspired by the materials and working intuitively, she creates unique non-representational compositions. Her inspiration comes from the world around her, the scraps on her cutting table and the play of light on the wall.
She is currently exploring luminosity and transparency, using dyes, bleach and paints with Shibori-inspired techniques. Susan has two pieces in the 'Structures' show. She also contributed a wonderful example of her work on luminosity to the 'Structures Extended' show in Inverness.
Susan will soon be in contact with all members to learn more about how the blog can help you enhance communication within and outside of the region. Please do what you can to cooperate with her requests for material. You never know what will intrigue readers. For example, the post about Susan's new workspace is the most viewed ever, by an order of magnitude.