ITAS Podcast Season 8, Ep.2

In this episode, I’m venturing away from traditional visual media. My guest Susan Hensel has found a way to use industrial embroidery machines with their complicated software to create some amazing works of art! We are geeking on the details of her process because I actually have some experience with such machines as well. She is telling the story of her entire journey from being a traditional artist to discovering and developing her current art practice. We are also talking a bit about running an art studio and a gallery, getting grants, and other interesting things.

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Susan Hensel machine stitching art

About Susan Hensel

Susan Hensel received her BFA from the University of Michigan with a double major in painting and sculpture and a concentration in ceramics. She has a history, to date, of more than 300 exhibitions, 35 of them solo, twenty + garnering awards.

In the coming two years, Susan has solo and 2-person and group exhibitions scheduled in Ellicot, MD; Bloomington, MN; Hopkins, MN; Duluth, MN and the Garrett Museum of Art, Garrett, Indiana. In recent years Hensel has been awarded multiple grants and residencies through the Jerome Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, Art to Change the World and Ragdale Foundation.

Hensel’s curatorial work began in 2000 in East Lansing, Michigan with the Art Apartment and deepened with ownership of the Susan Hensel Gallery in Minneapolis. The Susan Hensel Gallery continues on as an online project promoting Midwest artists with a particular interest in materiality. Hensel has curated over one hundred exhibitions, and supporting events, of emerging and mid-career artists from all over the United States and Canada.

Work by Susan Hensel

Links and references

Official website:

Gallery website:

The Fiber Art Now issue:

Artists books:

Wearing My Age installation:

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