Zig Zag Magazine (volume 24, page 61) by Husqvarna Viking:
"Winning Invitations: In Zig Zag volume 22, we announced an
international creative sewing contest. The challenge was to sew an
inspiring invitation using at least two sewing techniques and three
different presser feet. Thank you for all your amazing entries! Our
jury assessed the overall impression, originality, creativity and
sewing quality of each entry, and named Susan Wessels the
First prize: Susan Wessels of South Africa made an incredibly
creative, elegant invitation to a Degas exhibit, using one of the
artist's works as inspiration. The invitation is made in the form of
a painting, with a frame around the embroidered dancer. On the back,
Susan embroidered the invitation text.
Second prize: Annelies Gläßer, Germany.
Third prize: Tuula Mäkinen, Finland.
Fourth prize: Christine Robinson, UK.
Fifth prize: Stephanie Newman, Australia."
Have a look at my Gallery
for pictures of the invitation.
Marcelle van der Veen, director of Sewing Network (the
South African agents for Husqvarna Viking:
"The designs Susan creates from her carefully selected subject
matter embody a rare combination of real digitizing ability with
true artistic talent."
Professor Annette van Aardt (who test-embroidered some of
The animal designs reflect an African spirit, while Issie's
Little Angels breathe a frolicsome South African sprightliness.
These fascinating designs are unique and the dedication and
perfection with which Susan digitized them are manifested in the
perfect end-products and the trouble-free way in which they are
Emily Cloete (Potchefstroom):
"These are the only Big Five designs that I will ever embroider -
they are outstanding! And Issie's Little Angels are refreshingly
different - a joy to look at."
Marié du Toit, who did lots of test-embroidering for me,
I admire your ability to produce designs that is real Art. The
sensitive "brush strokes" in the designs move me on an emotional
level. It is a real pleasure to sew your designs. Your choice of
colours makes the wild animals come alive under the needle. Thanks
for the hours and thought you put into each design.
Marié du Toit http://machineembroiderybyaquilter.blogspot.com/