World Shibori Network

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Sue Cavanaugh

Columbus,  Ohio


Sue Cavanaugh has explored various methods of patterning and dyeing cloth and now concentrates on whole cloth, stitch-resisted shibori.  She has taken these traditional, hand-stitched patterning techniques, tweaked them and combined them in unique ways.  Her pieces are layered and stitched to create art for the wall.

Sue’s work has been seen in national and international exhibits including Quilt National, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Ohio Craft Museum, and the Riffe Gallery.  She received the Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design at Quilt National ’09 and Best of Show at the 2008 Shibori Cut Loose exhibit at the Textile Center in Minneapolis.  She was commissioned by the Ohio Arts Council to create the 2006 Governor’s Awards for the Arts in Ohio and participated in the 2008 International Shibori Symposium in France. Her studio is in her home in the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio.



Surface Design Association

Friends of Fiber International

Ohio Designer Craftsmen

Art Quilt Network

Represented by A Muse Gallery, Taos, New Mexico



Lynn Goodwin Borgman Award for Surface Design, Quilt National, Athens, Ohio, 2009

Best of Show, Shibori Cut Loose, Textile Center, Minneapolis, 2008

Ohio Arts Council Professional Award, Fine Arts at the Ohio State Fair, 2008

Ruth Lantz Fiber Award, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, 2004

Janet Long Memorial Award for Excellence in Fiber, Ohio Designer Craftsmen, 2003



Quilt National ‘09, The Dairy Barn, Athens Ohio

Ohio Designer Craftsmen, Best of 2009

Textile Center, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, “Shibori Cut Loose” 2008

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, “Material Matters:  Quiltmaking in the 21st Century” 2008

Surface Design Association, 2007 Traveling exhibit



The Ohio Arts Council

Private collections in Ohio, New Mexico, California, New York and West Seattle