Biography of Susan Callahan
I have been a chef for over 30 years, I have worked for large restaurant companies and in soup kitchens. I recently retired from the Hospitality and Tourism Program for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Being a chef translates easily to the visual artist, by feeding my senses with textiles and color, just like when we cook, we use our senses to create works of art on the plate. I have exhibited my artwork for over 10 years both nationally and internationally, exhibitions such as Quilt National, Quilt=Art+ Quilt, Artists as a Quiltmaker and Sacred Threads. Creating my own textiles is a passion. I love to dye, painting and making marks with all manner of tools to create one of a kind pieces of cloth. I love to balance my work in textiles by constructing mixed media pieces that might include vintage kitchen toys and recipes. Hand stitching has become a meditative process, that even with a very simple collection of stitches I add to my artwork. My philosophy in working with cloth is to listen to the artwork and be willing to make changes. My mantra is have fun and don’t be afraid to fail. I am a juried artist member of Studio Art Quilts Associates. (SAQA) I am SAQA mentorship coordinator. I have curated both online and in gallery shows as SAQA regional representative. I am also a member of the Potomac Fiber Arts Guild. I have had solo shows at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria and the Latimer Textile Center in Tillamook Oregon.