Wednesday, May 12, 2021

“Christmas Fern”


“Christmas Fern”
Copyright 2021 by Susan Brubaker Knapp
Wholecloth painted and stenciled, free-motion machine quilted.

“Christmas Fern” is my donation to the 2021 SAQA (Studio Art Quilt Associates) benefit auction. The donated 12 x 12-inch art quilts support exhibition and outreach programs. This year’s auction will take place online from September 10 through October 3, 2021. 

Christmas Ferns are native throughout much of the eastern U.S. and are so named because they are evergreen, and because the pinnae are shaped a bit like Christmas stockings.


I’m hoping to participate in the Orange County Artist’s Guild Open Studio Tour this fall (Nov. 6-7 and 13-14) and I've been thinking about creating some new pieces and some other products (notecards, bookmarks, etc.) that I can sell at a lower price point than my larger, more complex work. 

These ravens are an experiment. I drew the raven first, and then scanned it in and sent it off to Spoonflower to have it printed on fabric. Then I painted the entire surface, then free-motion quilted them. I’ve made three so far. They are 11" square. It’s been fun to play with different color combinations on the feathers. 

“The Art of Science + Hope” in Chapel Hill

I’m excited to have a piece in this public art exhibition in Chapel Hill, NC – The Art of Science + Hope. This is a painted 3x4’ piece of plywood, and it’s one of more than 80 pieces of art installed along Franklin Street about a week ago to create mile-long Pop-Up Art Walk, celebrating science and hope. Community members designed this special outdoor event to thank scientists, healthcare workers, teachers, and local business owners - everyone whose leadership and innovation helped the community and the country make it through the past year. 

My piece is in front of Epilogue Books, a great little bookstore. 

You can read more about this exhibition on Instagram here: 

Local peeps: 
VOTE on your favorite art and win gift certificates from Downtown Chapel Hill businesses! TAG @ on Facebook and Instagram for more prize drawings. Learn more: #linkinbio 

HURRY!  The art walk will be up through the end of May. Bring your friends/family downtown for a fun walk in downtown Chapel Hill and stay for dinner. 

DON'T MISS special tribute art dedicated to: 
NCDHHS Director Mandy Cohen, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)'s Dr. Anthony Fauci, National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, and Orange County Health Director, Quintana Stewart. Thank you! 

“Sea Glass” on the cover of "Genetics in Medicine"

My work was featured on the cover of the February 2021 issue of "Genetics in Medicine" – the official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics!

Sea Glass
10" x 16.5" (Copyright 2020 by Susan Brubaker Knapp)
White cotton fabric, acrylic textile paint, Lutradur, cotton threads, cotton batting. Painted, free-motion quilted.