Sue
Cagan

Has been at the IOM for over fourteen years!

Her “day” job as a public school teacher supported her artistic endeavors in fiberarts. Descended from generations of women well versed in fiberarts, Susan attended the Hill Institute in Florence, Massachusetts to learn the art of handweaving, color and design.

Susan’s first studio in Indian Orchard Mills was located on the main building’s fourth floor featuring wearable art. A few years ago, she moved to the third floor. Looms were replaced with multiple tools of a variety of fiberarts. Currently, Studio #347 produces wall art and a variety of items from leather books to magic wands.  

ARTIST

STATEMENT

There are times when I imagine a face that reflects a political, societal or cultural issue. My studio walls are full of such faces. Some are felted, pinched and pulled using needles; others are completed in scraps of fabric and embroidery.

 

Fiberarts were central in my youth. My grandmothers tatted lace, braided rugs, dyed and recycled wool from clothing past wear. My mother preferred the finer fibers in cross stich, embroidery and needle arts. I was in the fourth grade when I received my first sewing machine. As a young adult, my free time in early was spent in lessons learning skills of handweaving on floor and triangular looms.

 

My art exploration is now spent learning tools of multimedia anywhere from manipulating acrylic to manufacturing fibrous materials.

 

Today, I portray ideas anywhere from the “Me Too” movement to dating online by putting a face on them. Faces are central to my art. In between each new face, I explore techniques anywhere from fashioning leather books to carving magic wands.

 

There is always something new at Studio #347.