by Madeline Laughs
I remember the first time I saw Susan’s work. It was a picture of her and another friend at the Smithsonian Kite Festival. Together they had designed and constructed a kite to enter into the Kite Building Contest, and they won! This was one of the most unusual kites I had ever seen. It looked almost like a rippled stained glass window.
I didn’t know at the time that making this kite would be the beginning of something big for Susan.
My husband and I visited Susan and toured her studio where she creates most of her work. There hanging in every available space were some of the most gorgeous works of art I had ever seen. Susan removed one from the wall and held it in front of the light for me. “See? They are thin and the light can shine through them just like a stained glass window.” All of her pieces are designed to be backlit or hung in front of a window space because she treats them in order to prevent them from fading.
Her work is comprised of handmade Japanese paper that is hand torn and then arranged by color to create whatever shape or design she has chosen. Hidden inside of each piece are tiny whimsical treasures like sea oats, feathers, or exotic postage stamps. Every piece will contain an article from a vintage newspaper, which Susan avidly collects, and that article will sometimes say something that reminds her of the piece she’s creating. You can sit and stare at one of her pieces for hours and never run out of new and interesting discoveries.
The demand for her collage work has steadily grown over the years. She can be found in galleries up and down the east coast and attends several art shows every year now. You can view her entire online portfolio by visiting her website Collage Art of Susan A. Lennon. If you’re looking for something unique and special to fill your home with beauty, then you really must own a Susan A. Lennon original.