Interview with Susan Perrine, FC Sponsored Artist in Residence June 19-25

Interview with Susan Perrine on June 20, 2011 by Marie Marden, FC’s Marketing director at Searsport Shores Ocean Campground

Susan's friend Madeline is adding to Miss Twig so it will be ready for the garden tour.

Susan Perrine is a very talented and fascinating lady.  I feel privileged to have been able to get to know her.  Yesterday she spent the day at Searsport Shores creating “Miss Twig” with her new friend Madeline a young camper from Maryland.  The project started with a drawing Madeline did of what she wanted to help Susan make for a garden weave.  Madeline and her mom worked cooperatively with Susan to make the idea of “Miss Twig” come to life.

The more time I stayed in her company, the more fascinating she became to me.   She recently entered a fashion show for a local charity.  The challenge was to design and make a dress out of recycled products.  No more than thirty dollars could be spent on the materials that were going to be used to create the dress. 

Susan, Mike and Steven building a fence

With these criteria in mind, Susan made a trip to the local Goodwill to see what treasures she could find. There she purchased a collection of books for children and a slip from Victoria Secret.  She created the dress by cutting the books into various rectangles that resembled gift tags.  Susan then sewed all the tags onto the slip, creating a very fashionable dress.

Story board dress

Susan is currently on the Board Five of Directors of the Five Rivers Arts Alliance.  Their main goal is to join artists together and help them to be successful. The Five Rivers Arts Alliance does this by teaching, celebrating, and promoting local artists.

Susan is teaching kids at the art studio at Searsport Shores

Susan is also a very accomplished weaver.  She started out as a weaver’s apprentice in Rhode Island.  Later she moved on to become a weaver in a mill in Rhode Island. There she worked on a Jacquard Loom.  For many years she owned a shop where she made and sold woven rag rugs that she made.

Over the past 30 years, Susan has become a very accomplished artist, weaver, and bookmaker.  She is currently working on twig art in various communities as well as teaching kids at summer camp. Please take the time to check out her website to see what she has to offer.

woven garments by Susan

You can find out more about Susan from her website at  

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