Suzanne Gernandt Artist Statement:
A self-taught weaver, I learned my craft in San Francisco as a young woman. Moving to Asheville in 1990, this is where I raised my family, setting down roots as deep as the oak trees are tall in Haywood County.
The colors and moods and shapes of the Appalachian Mountains surrounding my home are my never-ending source of inspiration: the colors of the wildflowers, and the shapes of the winter trees, the singing of the birds, and the music of the mountains. I carry these echoes and visions into my studio, and it is here that I spend my days dreaming and making the work that is brought into reality. My greatest joy is when the person who loves something I’ve created finds that piece and takes it home!
About Me and my work:
Ever since the Middle Ages, tapestries and textile wall hangings have been among the most prestigious objects owned by people. Although we no longer need the physical warmth of a textile hanging on a wall, the psychological warmth that a textile creates is immeasurable in softening the hard surfaces that make up our houses and creating a home filled with the love and laughter of family and friends.
Working with the finest European linens, and Japanese silks, Suzanne creates wall hangings, from 12″ square to 20 feet in length. These pieces are either meticulously framed behind glass or free hanging, and grace homes ranging from traditional styles to luxury mountain cabins to stone and glass modern contemporary residences. Using a combination of fabrics woven herself on a loom, canvas, paper, dyes and paints, her
wall hangings have a sophisticated presence that fuses contemporary craft and fine art. Best known for her gift of using color, Suzanne can work within any color palette, complementing any interior design plan.