Watch Suzanne Connor on NH Chronicle

Suzanne recently spoke with WMUR's NH Chronicle about the Christina's Ocean Collection.

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Artist Statement

Suzanne and her PepereFor as long as I remember, I have been drawn to and fascinated by color. In looking back, I think that my concept of myself as an artist was formed unconsciously at about age 3 or 4. When I was a child, my Pepere (maternal grandfather) came to our house every Sunday morning to play with me. Often we would color with crayons, discussing color choices and lines.

I learned to sew from my Memere (maternal grandmother) at age 9, and discovered that I loved the feeling of fibers and threads, the fascinating magic of clothing construction. As a teenager, I made many of my own clothes. I was partial to deep, clear color, and worked extensively in Indonesian batik prints.

As an adult, I am drawn to the emotion of color - the rich jewel tones of happiness and renewal, as well as the peaceful stillness of the shades that are a reflection of nature - sage, twilight, dusty mauve. My work is driven by introspection, often joyful, sometimes demanding, and hopefully thought provoking.

From my grandparents, I learned that art was an emotional human connection, as well as a visual experience. It is my wish that I can share my love of color - and life - with everyone who owns my handmade pieces. Enjoy!

 

Suzanne Connor's Background

School of Fish SticksSuzanne Connor learned to sew from her maternal grandmother over 43 years ago. She is at least the fourth generation of textile artists in her family, whose members include couture dressmakers, crewel embroiderers, weavers, rug hookers, knitters, and of course, quiltmakers.

In the mid 70s Suzanne was site manager for a small Family Planning program in central NH, and left that position to take an A.S. degree along with the valedictory Dean’s Citation from NH Technical Institute. The path seemed clear. She would return to working in human and women’s rights, a community advocate at the local level.

Shortly after her graduation from college, her favorite great-aunt, Dora, insisted that Suzanne learn to quilt. Not crazy about the idea, but very fond of Dora, Suzanne agreed. And her path changed with the quilt’s completion. “I take no credit for it. It chose me.” is Suzanne’s explanation of the career shift. “It was a gift from my family.”

Sold exclusively through juried shows and select galleries since 1983, Suzanne’s work is now found throughout the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia. She is a state juried member and juror of the League of NH Craftsmen, the oldest professional craft organization in the United States. Although her work has won awards and recognition, Suzanne considers it her greatest honor that people on five continents have welcomed her work into their homes for over 30 years.

Heavily influenced by the natural world, particularly water and sky, Suzanne brings to her work a unique sense of color and balance. Simple elegance, clean lines, and sophisticated color are the hallmarks of her collection.