Suzi Ballenger

Suzi Ballenger began weaving in 1981 and has studied at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, was a visiting artist at the Penland School of Crafts in 2007, and is currently an MFA Candidate for Artisanry in Fibers at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. She has patented designs for weaving tools that redefine the grid structure of woven cloth. Currently, her work focuses on movement, rhythm, and repetition. The eccentric placement of thread has a tempo that falls in place with its neighbor. Both the vertical and horizontal movements of line intersect to create points of strength expressing a calculated path. There is a progression of modulation that feels intentional, surprising, quiet, irregular, and controlled.

Suzi’s work has appeared in Fiber Art Now, Handwoven Magazine RI Monthly Home Design. She supports her own production studio and also teaches weaving at Slater Mill Museum in RI. Along with weaving and teaching, her other interests are papermaking, gardening, hiking, biking, and swimming in the ocean early in the morning.