Susan Lenz describes herself as the daughter of German immigrants, a wife, mother, homeowner, business woman, an avid traveler, custom picture framer, taxpayer, non-practicing Catholic, a member of a few non-profit organizations, a college graduate, a blogger, and the “servant” to an adorable cat. Yet, she is first and foremost, an artist.

Using layers of polyester stretch velvet, metallic foiling, and recycled acrylic packaging felt, Susan work reflects her passion for historic buildings, especially historic stained glass windows and the colors and eco-friendly ideals of Friedensreich Hundertwasser, a 20th c. Austrian artist and architect. The work is the result of hand-guided, free-motion machine embroidery and melting techniques, a unique process that Susan developed herself. Each piece builds on the last in an exploration of design motifs and stitched symbols.

Susan work is regularly accepted into national juried exhibitions, has appeared in national publications and television programs. She also exhibits with Through Our Hands, an invitational fiber arts group based in England. Her work has been presented in solo shows and installations across the country.

Artist Statement

As a visual artist using found objects for self-expression, I work in partnership with my materials, their purposes, values and familiar associations. I generally use a needle and thread to articulate the accumulated memory inherent in these discarded things. Meticulous hand embroidery and self-guided, free-motion stitching is my approach to themes of memory, universal mortality, and personal legacy. Because time is short and days are numbered, I work with hope that one little piece of my art might be kept through coming generations, cherished, admired, remembered, regarded for its quality, marking my existence on this planet. This is a race to the final day. I am drawn to textiles for their tactile qualities and often make work that is meant to touch and be touched.