Arrowmont Craft Conversations: Susan Fecho, multi-media artist

“…My work is informed by story would of course have its roots in me being an Appalachian child… I can put [my Appalachian influences] in my artwork like an old country song and something will happen.”

Susan Fecho is a multi-media artist working in printmaking, textile surface design, illustration, and more. In this Arrowmont Craft Conversation, Susan describes her approach to teaching at Arrowmont, the influence of her Appalachian roots and her recently completed artwork.

“[My work] … it’s slow art. But, when you get it done, you just get so excited that you’ve just spent six months – and you finally got it done! And then it’s like, ‘now I have to start something else.’ That’s the exciting part – to give myself something else to do that’s part of a long series.”

Click the image below to see the video, or go to https://youtu.be/3v2qjI69zCE.

Susan Fecho has an MFA from East Carolina University and postgraduate studies from Humboldt Field Research Institute, the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Northern Illinois University and Penland School of Craft. She is Dean of the School of Visual, Performing, and Communication Arts at Barton College. Her lifelong devotion to art includes over 30 years of teaching and working with art students in the United States and abroad. She exhibited throughout the U.S. and internationally. Susan’s published images are in several major collections: The Smithsonian Institution’s American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library, Washington, D.C.; the Word and Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England; and the Museum of Women Artists, Washington, D.C. She owns a studio and gallery in downtown Historic Tarboro, North Carolina.

Susan said about her work, “Storytelling is at the core of my work, with the sculptural book as a mode of telling stories, expressing feelings, and sharing imagery. Through my work, the familiar reappears in unfamiliar configurations; a new sense of significance is imparted to an otherwise everyday object. My creative interests extend beyond the viewed subject, encompassing sculptural elements, allegorical imagery, and whimsical puns. In my work, there are varied layers of material and multiple facets of meaning.”

Learn more about Susan’s work at fechodesigns.com.

See more Arrowmont Craft Conversations at https://www.arrowmont.org/craft-conversations/#ACC_Videos.

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