Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bellevue Photographer | Meet Suzanne!

Meet Suzanne! 

She's a very creative and talented local fiber artist and you can see her latest display of urban knitted trees titled,  "Artificial Light" in Redmond's Anderson Park. 

While driving past the park last week I saw  this fabulous splash of color!  I wondered about the work involved to create this kind of art?  Not only the knitting, but how one goes about getting these on the trees?   I was sure they needed to be hand stitched to each tree…  and this is how I met Suzanne.
I was there to take photographs of this unique display of color when I saw Suzanne up on a ladder hand stitching one to a tree and introduced myself.   She was so kind to stop and answer a few of my questions.  I was curious about how she makes these and what gave her the idea for such a creative undertaking and installation that surely appears to be quite labor intensive?  Suzanne says it takes her about 12-hours to complete one piece and even though she uses a knitting machine, "it's quite an aerobic workout!" 

They were previously on display in Occidental Park in Seattle.   One of her goals is to draw people into our local parks by making them inviting with the fabulous splash of color and a welcoming atmosphere to spend time with family, friends and maybe even meet new people.   Well, it certainly worked for me!

It was a pleasure to meet Suzanne, she is warm and friendly and I thank her for taking the time to talk with me.  The Artificial Light display will be in Anderson Park in Redmond until June 2012, go check it out!

Suzanne Tidwell, Fiber Artist: http://suzannetidwell.com/
Click here to learn more about Suzanne: http://www.king5.com/on-tv/evening-magazine/Tree-Sweaters-140645163.html

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