The Woodlands, Texas
February 22, 2019 | Austin American-Statesman
Every SuKaz jacket is a labor of love between designer, artist and seamstress, a tangible mingling of cultural traditions I experienced and observed in my almost 20 years living internationally. Each is a one-of-a-kind work of wearable art highlighting a fiber art panel, or panels, in pleated folds. Art panels are handcrafted by artisans in India, China the USA and South America utilizing various techniques including embroidery, origami, appliqué and ribbon work, and further embellished with beading and passementerie. Buttons are often handcrafted as well, created through embroidery and tatting or kiln firing of glass and metals. Fabrics, sourced domestically and internationally, are sometimes hand woven and loomed, and further embellished with smocking and embroidery. The name “SuKaz” is a combination of my name, Susan, and Kazakhstan, the country where I lived when I originally began making them as a way to showcase the beauty of freeform embroidery by native Kazakh artisans.