It's always a delight to see our designs knotted up by our community in new color ways or with an added personal touch. When Rhode Island based fiber artist Susan Freda reached out to share her iteration of our Guatemala Waves wall hanging, our team was delighted to see that Susan had re-worked our design with an entirely new fiber.
The Guatemala Waves wall hanging pattern, originally designed by Modern Macramé founder Emily Katz, was conceptualized during a Thread Caravan trip to Antigua. "One of my favorite parts of this wall hanging is the perspective! Waves, water, ceramic tiled roof lines, or mountain ranges; the shape was inspired by all of these moments," Emily reflects.
Using hand cast glass and wire to integrate these visuals in a new way, Susan explains that she "wanted to abstract the pattern by adding transparent and glittering elements to reference the sparkle of light on water."
Susan earned her BFA at Rhode Island School of Design and went on to earn her MFA at Massachusetts College of Art. She has received numerous awards, notably a residency & exhibition at the de Young Museum & a Pollock Krasner Award.
Susan Freda with one of her wire dress collections, as featured in The Bay Magazine
Susan's work is marked by the use of transparency, form, and sparkling, subtle states of being that invoke intimate, emotive responses. Susan imbues her pieces with an ephemeral presence and ability to catch and hold light and form. Created from hand woven wire and glass, her pieces envelope viewers into a seductive, entranced space. Their transparent and interconnected forms and jewel-like nature reference fashion, the natural world and otherworldly phenomena all in one. To learn more about Susan's work, visit her website here.