Southeast Fibers Educators Association (SEFEA)

Artwork by Susan Brandeis


Susan Brandeis is distinguished professor of Art & Design at North Carolina State University, where she coordinates the Fibers and Surface Design Program. For nearly three decades, Brandeis has combined a lifelong love of fiber with a fascination for natural places and forms. Brandeis has chosen to work in textiles because they provide a breadth and flexibility of expression, which makes all other materials seem limited by comparison. For her, textiles combine the texture and relief qualities of sculpture or pottery, the color range of paint, and the literal expressive potential of photography. Her work is an attempt to describe with fabric her intense visual experience of the Earth: everyday experiences elevated and intensified. Brandeis uses color, layers, juxtaposition of patterns, exaggeration of detail, and complex textures to re-create the dichotomy of what she sees in nature.

Susan Brandeis
“Lost Language: The Book of Life”
38” h x 49.5”w		2011 
Dyed, resist dyed, discharge screen-printed, pieced, appliquéd, reverse appliquéd, hand and machine embroidered and quilted, hand beaded. Assorted cotton fabrics; silk noil, broadcloth, and organza; cotton thread, floss and batting; glass beads. Susan Brandeis
“Lost Language II: Ancient Teachings”	
26.5”h x 70”w	
Dyed, resist dyed, discharge screen printed, digitally printed, stamped, pieced, hand appliquéd, free motion machine stitched, hand embroidered and quilted.
Cotton broadcloth, print cloth, heavy twill; cotton embroidery floss and Valdani variegated thread; bamboo batting; pieced cotton backing.
Susan Brandeis
“Forgotten Pages #1”		
9” h x 9.5”w 		2011
Hand embroidery (couching, straight, running, French knots) on heirloom linen napkin; silk organza overlay; bamboo batting; cotton embroidery floss.
Susan Brandeis
“Forgotten Pages #6”		
9”h x 10”w 			2011
Hand embroidered on heirloom linen napkin; cotton Valdani thread; overlay: layered nylon netting and silk organza netting.
Susan Brandeis
“Forgotten Pages #10”		9” h x 9.5”			2011
Hand embroidered on silk noil with cotton variegated Valdani thread.
Susan Brandeis
“Forgotten Pages #15”		8.5” x 9.75”			2012
Hand embroidery on silk noil, cotton batting, cotton embroidery floss and Valdani variegated thread.
Susan Brandeis
“Spiral Unbound”  		40” x 60”  	
Appliquéd silks and hand embroidery, hand construction on heirloom linen tablecloth. Diagonal strip: appliqué, machine stitching and hand stitching; Valdani cotton thread; cotton batting; silk organza backing.
Susan Brandeis
Untitled			35”h x 43”w  		2015
Appliqué and embroidery on layered cotton damask, Chinese cheese cloth, silk noil, and silk organza mesh; braided cotton shoe string; cotton embroidery floss.
Susan Brandeis, 2015 lightbox gallery cms by v5.9m