Sue Blumendale

My work deals with forms created with handmade paper which are manipulated and sewn to resemble fabric in suspension.  I use mixed media including handmade papers, paints, threads, wire and digital photographs from personal history.  I explore surfaces, textures and space when creating imagery within the context and intimacy of a garment form. 

Media

Paper
Thread
Printmaking
Digital Imagery

ANCESTRAL PERSONAS 2014

For this work, I created “paper” garments which were inspired by the photographs of my European ancestors. The work revisits their prime – reflecting the pride and well-being of a better life – from past immigrant hardships.

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SHIRTS 2008

This series was inspired by memories of helping my mom (who had just recently entered a nursing home) sew clothes for myself and my sister when we were young.

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WORKPANTS 1989

This series grew from a desire to make my own “material”.  I had been involved with hand papermaking exploring textures and form with “tearing, gluing and spray painting multiple times. This process evolved into creating two cylindrical forms which appeared to represent a pair of “pants”.

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Sue Blumendale

Sue Blumendale

Artist

10 Wilsonia Road Rochester, NY  14609
susanblumendale@gmail.com

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