Thursday, July 9, 2015

Old Red Door

“Old Red Door” copyright 2015 by Susan Brubaker Knapp (40" x 40")
My new piece, “Old Red Door,” has been selected by curators Jamie Fingal and Leslie Tucker Jenison to appear in the Dinner at Eight Artists’ exhibition, “Affinity.” The exhibit will debut at the International Quilt Market (Oct. 24-26, 2015) and Festival (Oct. 28-Nov. 1, 2015) in Houston. It is a juried invitational exhibition sponsored by Havel’s Sewing.

This is a wholecloth painted piece, which means that I painted the image on white fabric with acrylic textile paints, and then stitched it. For more information on this technique, please see this blog post.

Here is the curators’ explanation of the theme, “Affinity”:

I am the garden that I plant.

I have… a natural liking for or attraction to a person, thing, or idea.

I am all the books that I have read.

I have… a close resemblance or connection to someone or some thing.

I am the places that I have been

I have… an agreement with someone.

I am the people that I love to be near

I have… a relationship or ties to another individual.

I am the sum of my life experiences.

Here are the 40 selected pieces and artists:

Black Cat, Red Flower, Green Leaf - Frances Holliday Alford
Beneath the Surface - Linda C. Anderson
Tutti Frutti City Street - Sue Bleiweiss
The Patriots of Boston - Loris Bogue
Green Bowl - Deborah Boschert
Spring Comes Late - Cindy Cooksey
Undaunted - Lauretta K. Crites
Paint the Town Red - Diane R. Doran
Color Play - Jane E. Dunnewold
Sprocket 2 Me - Robbi Joy Eklow
Raised on Bluebonnets - Suzan Engler
That's Amore - Barb Forrister
Essence - Lyric M. Kinard
Jacob's Treasures - Susan Fletcher King
Fiberarts Complusion - Karol Kusmaul
Napa Valley Vineyard with Red Barn - Cathie I. Hoover
Ms. Stella O'Houligan - Stacy Hurt
Old Red Door - Susan Brubaker Knapp
3 "CANS" - Sandra E. Lauterbach
Peas n'Honey - Linda Teddlie Minton
Focal Point - Jeannie P. Moore
Agave - Susie Monday
Charleston on My Mind - Rachel K. Parris
We are Stardust - Andi Perejda
Crepuscular Flash - Judy Coates Perez
Paris Avant-Garde - Yvonne Porcella
Magnetic Attraction (Tuning Fork #25) - Heather Pregger
The Sweet Press of Remembered Moments - Wen Redmond
Who Has Seen the Wind? - Cynthia St. Charles
Universal - Julie Schlueter
Horloge Musee d'Orsay - Gayle Simpson
Descended from the Stars - Sarah Ann Smith
Rock - Virginia A. Spiegel
Seeking Red - Terri Stegmiller
Martie Learns to Read - Ann E. Turley
The Rest from their Labors - Larkin Jean Van Horn
Sweet, Sweet, Bliss - Valerie C. White
Dot - Kathy York

Jamie Fingal - Rama Lama Ding Dong
Leslie Tucker Jenison - Affinity for Improv

“Old Red Door” (detail)


  1. Wow, Susan! This one looks like it had better have a White Glove Lady standing by, to keep people from touching. I want to touch it right through my screen ... so vivid and textural! I love it.

  2. Perhaps you might post about your technique for this piece in the future. It's quite interesting. You do such amazing work!

    1. Thanks, DuAnne! It is a wholecloth painted piece; you can read more about this technique in my blog post here:

  3. Susan, this is amazing. I was stunned when you said it was a painted piece. I was sure it was a photo. The close up is so helpful to see all the details. How wonderful to be included in this exhibit!

  4. Love the "Red Door"! I want to see your TQS show - will sign up for your newsletter which is sure to contain the date. and Congrats for the exhibit!


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