suzanna leigh: silk delights
By Patricia Belyea
VASHON WA On Valentine’s afternoon, I met up with Suzanna Leigh at Vashon Tea Shop. Sipping matcha lattes, I admired Suzanna’s silk paintings on display.We chatted about Suzanna’s lifelong love of creating art. She has drawn and painted from an early age. As an adult, Suzanna continued to follow her muse, including graduating from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in art.
In 2009, following a month-long visit to the silk painting region of China, Suzanna dedicated herself to this traditional art form.
After tea, I followed Suzanna’s station wagon to her home and studio—further south on Vashon Island. The focus of my visit was to discuss what Suzanna is making for StashFest, the spring fundraiser for La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum.
The time commitment of painting an involved composition on silk is high, as is the price. For StashFest, Suzanna plans to paint silk yardage with bold brush strokes to create exciting abstract fabrics for quilts, clothing and home decor.
Suzanna has begun dyeing yards of silk with natural colors such as onion skins, madrona bark and cochineal.
Suzanna will bring shibori and clamp-dyed silk scarves, as well as hand-dyed silk velvet made into lush accent pillows.
Whatever Suzanna brings to StashFest, it will be made with silk and joy. As a new fabric artisan for the event, I know she will be appreciated for both her artistic passion and her bouyant personality.
StashFest :: One-of-a-Kind Fabrics and Designer Wearables
Sat, March 29 11-5 / Sun, March 30 10-3 FREE
La Conner Civic Garden Club
622 South Second Street, La Conner
Across the street from La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum