Tapestry Artist Klebanoff Inspires Others to Honor Art

Tapestry artist Susan Klebanoff at her loom

Tapestry artist Susan Klebanoff  uses a traditional loom to weave a myriad of unexpected compositions.

The “Klebanoff effect” refers to ways in which shadows and shapes relate to light. Layers interact, a phenomenon that must be visually experienced to be understood.

Susan explored her layering concept when, while swimming, she noticed the physical presence of light under water. The background and shadow differentiation could not be experienced with a photo.

Like many masters, she’s thoughtful about effects she creates.

“You never know what someone will respond to: colors, textures, depth.”

“I wanted to come up with something no one could say, ‘I could do that,’” she explained.

Her fiber artwork, comprised of two and three dimensional creations, transform spaces across the world…for IBM Corporation, British Petroleum, Marriott Corporation, Hilton Hotel, The Smithsonian Institute …in Japan, Washington D.C., Albuquerque and other places.

Susan combines the dual mediums of drawing and weaving, because, as she puts it, “one informs the other.”

Exhibits, such as this one in Thailand, encourage conversation.

“I want to raise people’s feelings of being in a happier place, having a sense of joy when they look at artwork. It’s an escape from the day-to-day. …we’ve been living in an economy, not a culture. Arts, music and dance have been kind of slingshot to the side.”

Not surprisingly, Susan speaks passionately about art.

“I encourage everyone I meet to learn about art. Once you learn art it stays with you the rest of your life. You can look at anything and appreciate it.”

Initially I met Susan at a panel presentation for women in communication. My respect for her work stemmed from our commonality: a love of fiber.

In a short time, respect grew to admiration as I learned more about this fascinating woman and her beliefs. As a result of our conversations, I resolved to present a series of artist interviews on my blog, beginning with this, Susan’s interview.

“Good art transcends you to another space.”

During our conversation about creativity, Susan paused and added:

“I hope my work inspires others to create something uniquely their own.”

  • NOTE: Job well done, Susan. You’ve inspired me to begin a series of interviews with artists such as yourself. This series will appear monthly.

The ancient art of weaving transcends time and culture. Likewise, Susan Klebanoff’s work is made to last.

What impact do you plan for your art?