Suzann Thompson is creating art and community with crochet and knitting
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patron

$4
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Hello, I'm Suzann Thompson. Thank you for visiting my Patreon page!



I started making textile art with knitting and crochet in the 1990s, after a long journey of figuring out exactly how I could make it my own. My signature method is to make quilts with knitted fabric and embellish with crochet, buttons, and whatever else works. In 2016, I added fabric-pieced quilting with vintage crochet embellishment to my portfolio. (Please visit my website for pictures of wall hangings, my resume, and more.)

My wall hangings have been exhibited in the United States and abroad, and this has been a wonderful journey for them and for me.



So…now what? Thanks for asking!

I wanted to find a way to expand the scope of my art to include more people. Sure, more viewers and purchasers would be good, but I was really looking for actual participation by other people in my textile art world. I wanted to create community around knitting and crocheting.

My first big step in this community art experiment is the Celebrate Doilies exhibit, opening in July 2017 (see venues and dates here). The show features:

-- Stories and photos of family heirloom crochet from people in my local community and beyond,

-- Works inspired by family heritage crochet by poet Sandi Horton,

-- And my own doily-themed wall hangings.



It took a while for all this to develop, but essentially, an aspect of my art became a focus for people to tell me their family stories and share the beautiful work of themselves or their family members.

Two more community-inclusive art projects in the planning stages, which will keep me busy through 2021.

Why I'm on Patreon

Creating and curating an exhibit like Celebrate Doilies (and future exhibits) takes a great deal of time and organization. My usual money-making activities, like teaching and designing for publication, are falling by the wayside as I prepare the bigger, more inclusive project.

I'm asking for your sponsorship in this endeavor of creating art and community. For as little as $1 per month, you can help me make my art and organize exhibits that feature contributions from many people (including you!), whether they are artists or not.

Every dollar will be greatly appreciated.



How Your Money Helps


Your patronage will make it possible for me cover internet and web hosting costs, pay for printing and mounting stories and photos for my exhibits, insure my artwork, pay for my studio space, and more.

I post a lot of free content about designing and creating art on my blogs and other online publications. I reach out to people through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your support will allow me to continue creating a web presence to publicize my work and opportunities for people to take part in my projects.



Rewards for Your Sponsorship

Please have a look at the rewards list in the right-hand sidebar. I named the reward levels after semi-precious stones, because they are beautiful and accessible, exactly like I wish my artwork and projects to be.

Every level of support comes with rewards, from patron-only posts here on Patreon, to Twitter meetings, to discounts on merchandise. I hope to add rewards in the future.

I want to be especially clear that every single Patron will be acknowledged by name (or whatever your preference) at my exhibit. Patrons at higher dollar levels will see their names on my website or even on my artwork.

I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial collaboration with you.



Find me on Instagram @suzannthompson, on Twitter @textilefusion, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/suzannthompsonauthor/
Rewards
Rose Quartz
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for your support! You are a gem.


  • In the Patrons-only feed, you will have access to updates on how my projects and exhibits are progressing, before I publish the information elsewhere.  You can follow the progress from idea to art exhibit, and if you have questions, please ask!


  • When I have an art exhibit (next one in July 2017), your name will be on the list of sponsors.


Mother of Pearl
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for your sponsorship! You are responsible for the creation of beautiful things.


  • On July 8, 2017, you're invited to join a Doily Panel Workshop at my studio.  Details in the updates.


  • One art postcard mailed to you each year.  My postcards show and tell about my new work, publications, and exhibits.  You'll most likely receive one within the first six months of your sponsorship.


  • Plus the rewards from the previous level.


Turquoise
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for your support and advice!  You're heavenly.


  • Through July 15, 2017, the opportunity to join in a group art project, by sending Suzann a little something the color of turquoise to incorporate into wall hanging.  See post of 6/1/2017 for more information.


  • The opportunity to weigh in on design decisions about once every four to six weeks, with your opinion or advice, through Patron-only polls.


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.


Tourmaline
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for making a difference! We're in the pink—and green!


  • Your name will be listed as a sponsor on my website with each wall hanging I finish during your patronage.


  • Join me for a 30-minute Twitter meeting once a month and let's talk!


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.


Malachite
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I appreciate your commitment to my textile art.  I can't think of anything clever to say about malachite, but how about this:  the beauty of malachite comes from its many layers of minerals.  Your support means a great deal to me on many levels.


  • Ten percent off merchandise sold through my website, www.textilefusion.com, including wall hangings, greeting cards, samples of my designer originals, autographed books.


  • A one-time gift of 10 greeting cards featuring my wall hanging "Iced Water at the Café Rouge" (blank inside) mailed to you.  Envelopes included. 


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.


Lapis Lazuli
$50 or more per month 0 patrons

Lapis is much sought after, and so are you.  I am grateful and exalted by your support of my art and community building. I will work hard to make you proud.


  • A video tour of my studio—you'll see the doily wall, the cows next door, my yarn collection, the neon sign. (Coming in July 2017.)


  • Your name will be listed as a sponsor on the back of each wall hanging I finish during your patronage.


  • An additional 5% off merchandise sold through my website, bringing your discount to 15%!


  • An autographed copy of one of my crochet books.  Great if you crochet!  Great if you need gifts for someone who crochets!  Great to donate to your local library or a fundraiser.  


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.



Rhodochrosite
$100 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
Like the lovely rhodochrosite with its many layers, complex structure, and nuanced color, my work will shine under the polish made possible by your support.


  • Patreon/niversary Skype session (eligible after 2 months).  Let's spend a pleasant half hour talking about possible future projects, exhibit venues, and other textile arty stuff.


  • I will be glad to make a commissioned wall hanging for you, up to once a year.  We can discuss and work together on the size, colors, and content.  My usual wall hanging rates will apply, minus your 15% discount.


  • And of course, all the rewards from the previous levels.




Goals
$4 of $20 per month
Pays the monthly hosting fees for my website, http://www.textilefusion.com.
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Hello, I'm Suzann Thompson. Thank you for visiting my Patreon page!



I started making textile art with knitting and crochet in the 1990s, after a long journey of figuring out exactly how I could make it my own. My signature method is to make quilts with knitted fabric and embellish with crochet, buttons, and whatever else works. In 2016, I added fabric-pieced quilting with vintage crochet embellishment to my portfolio. (Please visit my website for pictures of wall hangings, my resume, and more.)

My wall hangings have been exhibited in the United States and abroad, and this has been a wonderful journey for them and for me.



So…now what? Thanks for asking!

I wanted to find a way to expand the scope of my art to include more people. Sure, more viewers and purchasers would be good, but I was really looking for actual participation by other people in my textile art world. I wanted to create community around knitting and crocheting.

My first big step in this community art experiment is the Celebrate Doilies exhibit, opening in July 2017 (see venues and dates here). The show features:

-- Stories and photos of family heirloom crochet from people in my local community and beyond,

-- Works inspired by family heritage crochet by poet Sandi Horton,

-- And my own doily-themed wall hangings.



It took a while for all this to develop, but essentially, an aspect of my art became a focus for people to tell me their family stories and share the beautiful work of themselves or their family members.

Two more community-inclusive art projects in the planning stages, which will keep me busy through 2021.

Why I'm on Patreon

Creating and curating an exhibit like Celebrate Doilies (and future exhibits) takes a great deal of time and organization. My usual money-making activities, like teaching and designing for publication, are falling by the wayside as I prepare the bigger, more inclusive project.

I'm asking for your sponsorship in this endeavor of creating art and community. For as little as $1 per month, you can help me make my art and organize exhibits that feature contributions from many people (including you!), whether they are artists or not.

Every dollar will be greatly appreciated.



How Your Money Helps


Your patronage will make it possible for me cover internet and web hosting costs, pay for printing and mounting stories and photos for my exhibits, insure my artwork, pay for my studio space, and more.

I post a lot of free content about designing and creating art on my blogs and other online publications. I reach out to people through Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Your support will allow me to continue creating a web presence to publicize my work and opportunities for people to take part in my projects.



Rewards for Your Sponsorship

Please have a look at the rewards list in the right-hand sidebar. I named the reward levels after semi-precious stones, because they are beautiful and accessible, exactly like I wish my artwork and projects to be.

Every level of support comes with rewards, from patron-only posts here on Patreon, to Twitter meetings, to discounts on merchandise. I hope to add rewards in the future.

I want to be especially clear that every single Patron will be acknowledged by name (or whatever your preference) at my exhibit. Patrons at higher dollar levels will see their names on my website or even on my artwork.

I look forward to a long and mutually beneficial collaboration with you.



Find me on Instagram @suzannthompson, on Twitter @textilefusion, and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/suzannthompsonauthor/

Recent posts by Suzann Thompson

Rewards
Rose Quartz
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for your support! You are a gem.


  • In the Patrons-only feed, you will have access to updates on how my projects and exhibits are progressing, before I publish the information elsewhere.  You can follow the progress from idea to art exhibit, and if you have questions, please ask!


  • When I have an art exhibit (next one in July 2017), your name will be on the list of sponsors.


Mother of Pearl
$3 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for your sponsorship! You are responsible for the creation of beautiful things.


  • On July 8, 2017, you're invited to join a Doily Panel Workshop at my studio.  Details in the updates.


  • One art postcard mailed to you each year.  My postcards show and tell about my new work, publications, and exhibits.  You'll most likely receive one within the first six months of your sponsorship.


  • Plus the rewards from the previous level.


Turquoise
$5 or more per month 2 patrons
Thank you for your support and advice!  You're heavenly.


  • Through July 15, 2017, the opportunity to join in a group art project, by sending Suzann a little something the color of turquoise to incorporate into wall hanging.  See post of 6/1/2017 for more information.


  • The opportunity to weigh in on design decisions about once every four to six weeks, with your opinion or advice, through Patron-only polls.


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.


Tourmaline
$10 or more per month 0 patrons
Thank you for making a difference! We're in the pink—and green!


  • Your name will be listed as a sponsor on my website with each wall hanging I finish during your patronage.


  • Join me for a 30-minute Twitter meeting once a month and let's talk!


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.


Malachite
$25 or more per month 0 patrons
I appreciate your commitment to my textile art.  I can't think of anything clever to say about malachite, but how about this:  the beauty of malachite comes from its many layers of minerals.  Your support means a great deal to me on many levels.


  • Ten percent off merchandise sold through my website, www.textilefusion.com, including wall hangings, greeting cards, samples of my designer originals, autographed books.


  • A one-time gift of 10 greeting cards featuring my wall hanging "Iced Water at the Café Rouge" (blank inside) mailed to you.  Envelopes included. 


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.


Lapis Lazuli
$50 or more per month 0 patrons

Lapis is much sought after, and so are you.  I am grateful and exalted by your support of my art and community building. I will work hard to make you proud.


  • A video tour of my studio—you'll see the doily wall, the cows next door, my yarn collection, the neon sign. (Coming in July 2017.)


  • Your name will be listed as a sponsor on the back of each wall hanging I finish during your patronage.


  • An additional 5% off merchandise sold through my website, bringing your discount to 15%!


  • An autographed copy of one of my crochet books.  Great if you crochet!  Great if you need gifts for someone who crochets!  Great to donate to your local library or a fundraiser.  


  • Plus all the rewards from the previous levels.



Rhodochrosite
$100 or more per month 0 of 4 patrons
Like the lovely rhodochrosite with its many layers, complex structure, and nuanced color, my work will shine under the polish made possible by your support.


  • Patreon/niversary Skype session (eligible after 2 months).  Let's spend a pleasant half hour talking about possible future projects, exhibit venues, and other textile arty stuff.


  • I will be glad to make a commissioned wall hanging for you, up to once a year.  We can discuss and work together on the size, colors, and content.  My usual wall hanging rates will apply, minus your 15% discount.


  • And of course, all the rewards from the previous levels.