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About the Artist

Susan R. DuLaney started Distinctive Pieces in 1990 publishing floral appliqué patterns for quilting.  She has quilted and embroidered since childhood and is an expert in hand appliqué.  Her subjects are botanical or architectural, often with Southwestern influence.

She is the originator of hi-profile appliquéTM, a unique hand-sewing technique that gives her floral appliqué a sculptured, dimensional look and an unusual, realistic quality.

Susan also has created site-specific commissioned art and has displayed her designs nationally in quilt and fiber art shows.  Her work is not limited to any construction method or material.  She is especially adept at integrating unrelated fabrics and incorporating texture and pattern in her compositions.

In keeping with a deeply held respect for the beauty of nature Susan turned her considerable talents to another medium, designing and creating unique, hand-beaded jewelry.  Each piece combines a carefully chosen cabochon with artfully–crafted, beaded embellishment.

Then the New Mexican tinwork seen in mirror frames and light sconces caught Susan's eye.  She was inspired to punch an array of wonderfully lightweight earrings as a tribute to the historic craft.

The results, as you can see, are exquisite!