Sweetwater Creek Farm Studio is where Susanne Newbold and Sandra Whiting
work together creating handmade books and gourd vessels.
Using gourds, leather dyes, acrylic paint, fiber, found objects, sea grass and pine needles I create unique, organic vessels. I utilize woodcarving, woodturning, pyrography and weaving techniques into my gourds. As a former chef and culinary instructor, many of the unique designs and embellishments that are inherent in food presentation translate well into this art form.
My interest in food from different cultures has found its way into the design of my gourds. I work with gourds the same way that I work with food. I find myself garnishing and embellishing a gourd as if it were a plate from the kitchen. I try a little of this and experiment with new materials until it seems right. I am also influenced by Asian and Pacific Northwest cultures.
Each gourd is a completely new canvas. I hold it, feel its’ shape, weight and texture, taking in its’ organic qualities. I approach the gourd without fear. If I make a mistake, I just keep working with it until it is transformed into something new. Sanding, carving, burning, painting my way to a completed piece of art.
Rob Schouten Gallery, Greenbank, WA
Wild Arts Festival, Portland, OR
Anacortes Arts Festival, Anacortes, WA
Arts Council of Snohomish Co. Gallery, Everett, WA.
Front Room Gallery, 12x12x12 Show, Bayview Corner, Langley,WA.
Best of the Northwest Craft Show, Seattle, WA.
Edmonds Art Festival, Edmonds, WA.
Kings Mountain Fine Arts and Crafts Show, Woodside, CA.
Raven Blues Gallery, Poulsbo, WA..
Open Door Gallery, Langley, WA.
Art Works Gallery, Greenbank,WA.
Dragon Fire Gallery, Cannon Beach OR.
Two Moons Gallery, La Conner, WA.
David Frank Gallery, Portland, OR.
She has been a professional artist for over 25 years, working as a painter, printmaker and collage artist. She received her BA in art with an Emphasis in Printmaking from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work is currently shown in galleries on the West Coast and held in various private collections. Creating handmade books was a natural transition from printmaking and collage. Sandra works with layered images, patterns, colors and textures to create her books. She doesn't just make blank books. She carries her imagery inside the covers as well. She incorporates monotypes, handmade paper, gel medium transfers, and drawings into her books. Her bookbinding knowledge includes the Coptic and kettle stitch, the long stitch and the Japanese stab stitch. Sandra and Susanne Newbold collaborate on many book projects, trying out new ideas and stretching the boundaries of bookmaking.
Whidbey Art Gallery ~ 220 2nd Street, Langley WA 98260 ~ (360) 221-7675 Hours: Daily 10am - 5pm