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Participant Information

Sue Lifschiz

City:
San Rafael
State:
CA
Country:
USA
Essay:

It seems as though I have been a crafter all my adult life. I am fascinated by textiles and have closets full of fabric I have collected, many from my travels to faraway places such as Japan and Thailand. I sew and knit and do upholstery. I have made clothing, handbags, drapes, slipcovers, pillows, napkins, and scarves. My husband wonders when I am going to start making shoes! After I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2002, I started making jewelry. I make beaded necklaces and earrings, but my specialty is fabric neckpieces like the one I am wearing in the photo. They were inspired by designs and fabrics I discovered on a trip to Japan in 2006. I brought back silk cord that is used to tie around the obi sash on a kimono, and I used that cord to make my first neckpieces. My husband, a retired orthodontist, naturally helps with the wire-bending attachments. My latest project is a line of children’s clothing I call “Paniolo Kidz.” I find “vintage” denim clothes in second-hand stores and reinvent them by decorating and embellishing them with cowboy motifs. There is a lot of hand sewing involved in making these pieces, and I have a pretty severe tremor from the PD, but somehow when I am doing this work, the tremor seems to lessen or disappear. Crafting has been a wonderful creative outlet for me.

EXHIBITIONS:
Marin County Fair Fine Arts Exhibition, juried show, July, 2008
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center Staff Art Show, April, 2009
Oakmont Art Association Adventures in Art, October, 2011