The call: “Ugly Fabric Challenge” at Calico House in Placentia, California.
The rule: Use 1/2 yard of a green fabric with circles and any amount of three other fabrics provided in a kit.
Suzanna learned about the challenge with only one month to meet the entry deadline of August 31, 2011. She dashed to her studio and pulled out a photo taken while visiting a home in the slums of Nairobi during the summer of 2010. “I wanted to do this piece and the fabric challenge egged me on,” says Suzanna. She pulled out some of her own hand-dyed fabrics, other treasures in her stash, the kit and got to work.
The result: One Mother, 24″ x 42″
“For me the piece portrays the dignity and beauty of these women in the worst of conditions. She really had that huge bright green wrap on her head. This child is the focus of her life and her whole future,” says Suzanna.
The Viewer’s Choice Award gave her $100 which she spent on thread.
See more of Suzanna’s work here.