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Gualala Arts Workshop
Quilt Fusion: Renegade Construction

Instructor: Sue Benner

Wednesday - Thursday
April 16 - 17, 2008
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Quilt by Sue Benner
Register by:   March 15, 2008
Tuition:   Members of Gualala Arts and PPQG: $140
Members of Gualala Arts  or   PPQG: $155
Non-members: $175
Supply list:   Download Quilt Fusion supply list
Class size:   minimum 14; maximum 20

Can you see quilt composition in your mind, but do not know how to make it? Or perhaps you are looking for a way to experiment with unquilt-like fabrics. Sue's alternative construction techniques using fusibles were born of these notions, combined with a desire to use her dyed silks and other unruly textiles with more immediacy and spontaneity. She will demonstrate her techniques using an assortment of fabrics including cottons, silks, polyesters, sheers, and lovely scraps of all kinds. After experimenting with the basics, the participant can choose structured exercises or more open-ended design work. Sue will also show slides of her studio and working process.

About the Instructor

Sue Benner Sue Benner is a fulltime studio artist creating art quilts and other dyed and painted fabric constructions since 1980.

Sue was born in 1955 in Iron River, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and was raised in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. While attending the University of Wisconsin - Madison and majoring in molecular biology, she took two electives that would change the direction of her life: fabric design and art history. Many more art and science classes followed that led to an M.A. in Biomedical Illustration from University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

Since then, she has sold her work through galleries and dealers throughout the United States. Her work is shown internationally and is in many corporate, private, and institutional collections. She has designed installations for architectural spaces in fabric and other media. Her art quilts have appeared in numerous juried shows, such as QUILT NATIONAL, VISIONS, and QUILT NIHON.

Sue is known for her brilliant dyed and painted textiles, her bold, expressionistic style, and underlying sense of order.

She teaches inspirational and technical workshops and gives lectures on her work and life as an artist. Sue paints, draws, and sews in her custom-built studio behind her home in Dallas, Texas, where she lives with her husband and two sons.

The Gualala Arts Center, located at 46501 Old State Highway in Gualala, CA,
is open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., and weekends from noon to 4:00 p.m.
Please call (707) 884-1138 for more information, or email

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