Monday, April 25, 2011

Inspirational detours

"We quit smoking after 40+ years"
Fiber portrait by artist Susan Lenz.

"I forgive those who look at me with hate"
Fiber portrait by artist Susan Lenz.

"Just like the day I was born"
Fiber portrait by artist Susan Lenz.

"Mastectomy over chemotherapy"
Fiber portrait by artist Susan Lenz.

"At 15 I hitch hiked to NYC"
Fiber portrait by artist Susan Lenz

On my way to South Carolina last week I took a detour through a town called Salisbury, North Carolina to see an exhibit called Decision Portraits by fiber artist Susan Lenz. Two rooms in the Salisbury Waterworks Visual Arts Center are filled with an amazing display of embroidered portraits that represent a decision made in each subject's life. Some are sad, some are amusing and some inspirational. All are evocative.

Each portrait is made from a photograph transferred onto cloth and each has stitched words as well as lovely embellishments including beading and other mixed media. It is definitely an exhibit worth seeing and made that detour off I-85 a good decision indeed! 


  1. Hi!
    Thank you so very, very much for sharing my work on-line but especially for making the detour into Salisbury to see it in the first place. It really means the world to me.

  2. These are wonderful - such an incredible idea, and how lovely to take the time to visit them on a detour.

    I'm loving your blog, btw. It's such a great mix of topics and inspiration and different bits of your life. :)