Saturday, May 18, 2013

New York: An artist’s Studio – Suzanne Tick.

New York: An artist’s Studio – Suzanne Tick.   Artist and textile designer Suzanne Tick, heads up Suzanne Tick Inc., specializing in material development for commercial and residential interiors, including textiles, hard surfacing, glass, carpet, woven metal screens, and lighting. Her clients include Knoll Textiles, Tandus Flooring for which she is design director and she is also creative director for Teknion Textiles. She is also an artist who weaves recycled materials and debris into beautiful art. She creates works that harnesses the struggles of life, resulting in textiles that are both delicate and strong. She investigates materials, pairing the thick with the thin, the dull with the brilliant, and the colorful with the neutral. As Tick states, “weaving holds everything together, materials and life, successes and failures”.


Suzanne Tick. – Art.  She is a fourth generation recycler. From the beginning, Tick spent summers in her fathers scrap metal yard recycling plant weighing and sorting metals, exploring the possibilities in the cast-offs of rural life. At the University of Iowa, Tick began as a printmaker, etching fabric and texture into copper. She left as a weaver, combining materials both hard and soft.  Tick’s life and work have always been a narration of balance. 
Above. A detail of Refuse DC, 2011, is made from 3,470 recycled dry cleaning hangers, which took four months to collect and hangs between Bill and Melinda Gates offices at The Gates Foundation Collection.
Below.  A detail of Counterbalance, 2011, made from the leftovers of the Refuse DC piece. “This was the most difficult piece I have worked on, because the shuttle had to go across less than half an inch and the tension had to stay the same.  In reality the piece represents by dad, because he was frail and whimsical at the same time.”


Suzanne Tick. – Art.  The Fire Island Series triptych, which her dealer the Cristina Grajales Gallery will show at Art Basel in June. The work is based on three years of collecting hurricane debris on Fire Island, where Tick has a house. Going for long walks she saw seagulls eating Mylar Balloons in the ocean, so she started collecting them.   She cuts them like peeling an apple, to achieve long threads and uses the silver lining side,  “The beauty is the patina beaten in by the ocean and when weaving it nobody knows what it was.”

Suzanne Tick. – Art.   The Stainless Steel hanging has been exhibited at  MoMa, it is made from recycled stainless steel from the inside of tires from the tire company Bridgestone Metalpha in Japan, the fiber was spun into yarn by experimental textile designer Junichi Arai. Tick imported the fiber and wove it into flameproof drapery ideal for a theater. On the wall a painting by Gloria Graham.

The table in the sitting room.

Suzanne Tick. – Art.   A work in progress with found objects from the streets of New Orleans. The canvas is recycled from the Pink Tents installation wanted by Brad Pitt for his NO housing project.

Suzanne Tick. – Art.   Moon Charts,  “I have always been interested in Astrology, Cancer is my Sun sign and the Moon is by rising sign.  The woven piece charts the last three years of my life; from a series of losses comes creativity and causes you to pause and weaving becomes my meditation.”

Cupid – Tick’s two cats are known as “The cool cats of design.”

Suzanne Tick. – Design. The red/orange fabric is a hybrid between a honeycomb and a basket weave.  The upholstery fabric was designed for Teknion Textiles where Tick is creative director; it is strong a upholstery fabric for the corporate environment, an action fabric ideal for desk chairs.  On the left, the carpet was designed for Tandus Flooring where Suzanne acts as design director; the carpet is woven for the commercial market in one of the three factories left in the United States where they still weave carpets.


Suzanne Tick – The studio.   The townhouse, where Tick works and lives, was in the late fifties and early sixties, the site of the Reuben Gallery in the East Village. It was Anita Reuben who invented art Happenings and where many artists such as Jim Dine, Allan Kaprow, Robert Whitman, Claes Oldenburg, Red Groom, and many more exhibited their work.

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