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Springfield, MA, 01151
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Valley Vogue New Lines is owned and operated by Susan Cagan. VVNL features fine quality wearable art using techniques of hand dyes, hand spuns, handwoven, knit and fabric manipulation.

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Finding New Directions

Susan Cagan

I have struggled to find new ways to be sustainable in my art, as well as producing art that is unique and affordable. My neighbor at the mill suggested I make canvas prints of my recent collection of fabric manipulated faces of women. He is an excellent photographer and offered to support this by photographing the last three pieces. I now can offer them in canvas prints and note cards. I hope to showcase the results at the Indian Orchard Spring Show.

In addition, I am working in two different directions. One is to continue work on my latest face, “Mother Earth” and the other is to begin a new slant in mending for sustainability and renewal. Times are getting tougher and the clothing market is impacted. Although clothing can be cheap, it is most often exactly what you pay for - not very durable and often poorly sized. There are fine clothes that can be purchased at a higher cost. I think that they may the real bargain if we know how to repair and maintain them in artistic ways. This is not an original thought. There is a movement to use fiberarts to sustain a lovely and unique wardrobe. I hope to offer and teach new ways to look at mending and adapting a wardrobe for the individual. Mmmm…