CKC Member Profile: Suzann Thompson is Celebrating Doilies!
Crochet artist, author, and historian, Suzann Thompson credits Gwen Blakley Kinsler, Founder of the Crochet Guild of America with urging her to join CKC. Suzann is the author of Crochet Garden, 2012 and Crochet Bouquet, 2008 both published by Lark Books.
Suzann is also the creator and curator of a new exhibition entitled Celebrate Doilies, which honors the history of women’s activism and women’s creativity through the medium of crochet. Suzann’s exhibition focuses on Texas makers, but shows how needlework serves as a vital form of political and personal expression globally – historically, and now – for both women and men.
For the exhibition, Suzann created new artworks using a technique she calls TextileFusion. She merges photos of family heirlooms, crochet from her collection, and stories about crocheters past and present into new mixed media compositions (wall hangings and quilts) that also feature her own crochet, knitting, quilting, and embellishment. The exhibition was on view at the Dora Lee Langdon Center in Granbury, Texas from July 22 to September 17, 2017 and is available to travel. Noted Texas poet Sandi Horton contributed a mixed media work to the exhibition.