Sprout CoWorking Community Gallery
About the Gallery
Sprout is a new gallery at 166 Valley Street in the Rising Sun Mills campus that is committed to showing local artists and local student artists. As part of a co-working office space, we are committed to promoting and growing community.
September press release
I observe and photograph details of life around me. These photographs spark ideas for my work. My quilted pieces are abstract, expressing thoughts through patterns and lines. Whether dyeing fabric, piecing or quilting, I play with ideas and ask, “What if...?” There is surprise and excitement in the answer, and this leads me to the next question.
Works above from left to right; Caged
18 x 18, No Refuge 33.5 x 33.5, and Beyond The Block 27 x 27
As a trained computational mathematician, I capture the art and joy of math and sci- ence. The process of dying fabrics involves chemistry that is fascinating and many times the surprise of the outcome turns into the feature of my art.
Works above from left to right; The Avoided, the Discounted, the Rejected by Design 33.5 x 17, Gender Bending Math 20.5 x 17, Lies..... 18.5 x 21
Paints, dyes, paper, fabric form playful gardens. I work in a series, watercolor on pa- per, paint and dye on fabric, developing an intimacy with my subject, expressing a mood. In this quilt we plant and nurture for a better harvest, a gentler humanity and a healthier Earth.
Works above from left to right; Nature Reclaims 19 x 23.5 & They Who Plant Seeds Have Hope 29 x 44.5
Suzanne Housely Noonan
Inspired by nature’s sublime beauty. I use paint and a needle as a versatile instrument to recreate our natural environment as an embroidery textile or I call “Painted Threads” I am looking to explore the transition from painting to textile with a combination of ex- posed and overlapping mixed medium. The movement between sewing and painting creates a balance between paint and threads. Landscapes are a constant theme in my work. Photos are the starting point and my sketches. I include all kinds of hand and machine stitches and often some elements of other fiber techniques such as dyeing, fusing, beading, cut and slashing the fabric. These are my tools to achieve my art.
I studied textile design at RISD. I have worked in pattern design, repeat designs, weaving, screen printing, natural dyeing, printing just to mention a few. My mentors were my teachers, Aunt Nell, my father John H. Housley and step father Donald G. Paulhus.
Work pictured above; Scattered Thoughts 41 x 46
The outdoor world inspires my art. The beauty I see may take many forms, some traditional and some less familiar. I like to unravel some of the mystery, let the process unfold as I work on the piece and let the piece work on me. This process can be satisfying and frustrating. When a piece seems to be nearing completion, yet another aspect may be revealed. For me, reaching the finish is always a challenge.
I inherited a love of fabric from generations of women in my family who enjoyed every kind of nee- dlework. I have studied and practiced watercolor since 1992 and fabric art since 2009. Recently I en- deavor to bring several mediums closer together in my work, painting, photographing and stitching nature’s beauty.
Work Pictured above; Crumbling Walls: Old New England Landscape 33 x 23
Creating art quilts that reflect my culture and heritage, I embrace the use of African prints to show- case empowered female figures, historical characters and family images. My quilts celebrate the joy of living! As a 2018 Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Grant recipient, I created art quilts for the Dr. Martin Luther King Center, The Newport County Branch of the NAACP, Mixed Magic Theater and The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. Learning to quilt while living in Fairbanks, Alaska in 2004, provided me with the foundational training needed to become the Rhode Island quilter I am today.
Works above from left to right; No One Knew - Wall of Silence 51 x 36, SaHaiRaLey - Wall of Sunflowers 36 x 26, Rose in Spanish Harlem - Wall of Strength and Resilience 12.5 x 12
Rhode Island Threads is a sub group of SAQA MA/RI Studio Arts Quilting Associates
We are a group of artists interested in exploring Art Quilting and all that it encompasses.
Walls divide and walls protect
Walls enclose and walls exclude
We build walls to mark what we believe to be ours,
we invite, come on into the space of my walls.
We say, keep out, stay away, you’re not so welcome within my walls
My face can be an impenetrable wall of stone that you cannot permeate
My heart is a delicate wall that I hope you won’t crush
Walls keep out perceived enemies while giving a false sense of security and protection
walls enclose assumed friends
Walls can seal Walls can heal
I just want to add a little beauty & handmade work to this mass-produced world we live in. Using my personal photos, hand dyed fabric, domestic machine and hand stitching, I create art quilts that satisfy the creative force in me.
Works above from left to right; Sweet Sensations 38.5 x 34.5, The John Lennon Wall 39 x 33.5, A Walk Along the Ocean Wall 8.5 x 31
My work draws on stitching traditions used by women around the world; playing with color, line and form. International textiles combine in patchwork, embellishment and quilted lines to help create a mood, celebrate an image or highlight an issue.
Work above; In or Out? 48 x 20
Sandra has been quilting for over twenty years and recently expanded her repertoire to include art quilts. Her works focus on the use of color and are often embellished with hand embroidery. She lives in Somerset, Massachusetts.
Work pictured above; Education is the Ladder 12 x 15
Julie Maxwell has been quilting for about 4 years but has just begun exploring art quilting.
Works above from left to right; Mishmash 29 x 27, Finish That Wall 32 x 32, and Wall Flowers 26 x 18
In one split moment, I learned what intense sorrow was. I carry it with me every day. Years later
it has become my greatest strength. It is a gift that pours out in my work. I embrace it. It’s my mo- tivation and what moves me. With the start of every new portrait, quiet and curious, I look at my reference photo and wonder how they felt at that moment. What did they carry inside? Help create with me, I ask. As I work to capture these raw emotions using textiles and paints magic happens as I place a dot of white in the eye to bring out a soft sparkle, or when I turn the corners of the mouth down just a bit and feel an instant connection. There it is. I connect with my work. That excites me.
Works above from left to right; Widow
13.5 x 13.5, Rosemary 25 x 33, and Surrounded By Patriotism 23 x 24
Exploring works derived from quilting and the needle arts for adaptation to new uses or another style intrigues me. For instance, there are several works in this category I fondly call Frazzlin' Ap- pliqués. My mom, who learned to quilt do to necessity, used the term "frazzlin' to refer to a frayed snippet of fabric saved for recycling into a quilt. In my work frazzling pieces of fabric - saved over decades as too interesting to toss out - combine in differing ways for both abstract and pictorial works of art.