SUSAN DARMS - #1
40232 Hunt Lane (Svensen)
I grew up in Napa, California. One of my early memories is of my mom taking me to a drawing class at the city park. All my life I’ve had the urge to create. My first assemblages were for the fair - fairytale vignettes for the floral arts competition. Through the years I’ve experimented with drawing, textile arts, sculpture, pastels, lino block, college.
For years I worked in the apparel industry, mostly directly involved with textiles or design. I lived in San Francisco then Seattle. When the corporate world became too much, I decided to follow my bliss and became a garden designer.
We moved to Astoria to a rural property that has a large pole barn. This has become my studio, which houses my collection of oddities, antiquities, industrial refuse, salvaged textiles, and other special items. I find great joy gluing these things together.
The act of creating makes me happy and gets me into a mindful space. For me, the importance of creating art is the process - forgetting everything else and being united with creative energy and present in the moment.
I have great respect for things from the past. It hurts me to see things that were once beautiful or useful tossed onto the refuse heap. My creations honor the spirit that inhabits these discarded treasures and gives them a chance to live on.