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Sue Wademan

Sue Wademan is a textile "painter". Inspired by the majestic and ever changing colours of the landscape around her, Sue has been creating her unique fabric painitngs for more than 20 years. Along the way she has won numerous local art awards, the most recent being a Highly Commended at the Arrowtown Autumn Art Awards 2022 amongst well established "painting artists" !


Sue Wademan

The defining moment in her career was in 2013 when she won the Best Landscape Award at the prestigious Aspiring Art Awards exhibition in Wanaka NZ.

Sue has taught her unique textile collage technique on the fringe of the Art Quilt Movement in Europe, Japan, South Africa, Australia and more recently in the United States and is therefore known nationally and internationally teaching this free motion stitching/ textile collage technique style of "painting".

Each country inspires a series of different artworks. Most often she "paints" landscapes as these are so inspirational in the various countries she visits, but her series on Italy was motivated by the roof tops of the various villas in Introdacqua in Abruzzo, Italy, producing a wonderful series of the "built" rather than the natural environment.

Each of her jewel like artworks are a serendipitous collection of fabrics (mostly silks), stitched and framed. Many mistake her work from a distance as literally painted, but on closer inspection, you can perceive the textiles and free motion stitching creating a masterpiece of absolute intrigue. 

Sue has been living in Queenstown since 2000, and hasn't looked back since leaving a burgeoning career in Australia. She can be found at her studio at least 4 days a week, whilst other days are spent sharing her talent, teaching her technique. 

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