Sue Spargo and Wendy Morris
Sisters, Sue Spargo and Wendy Morris were both born in Zambia and then spent their school age years in South Africa. Upon graduating high school Wendy moved to the USA with her parents and Sue married and moved to England. Sue later returned to South Africa for a few years and then moved to join her family in the USA. As sisters they have collaborated for many years, Sue established her quilting business while Wendy started a dyeing business that creates the textiles that Sue uses in her quilts. They also teamed up to create a line of ribbons for Renaissance Ribbons. They are both influenced by the diversity and color that surrounded them during their childhood and have brought together their talents again to create "Folkloric Blooms".
Sue is a designer, stitcher and teacher and has gained recognition with quilters and needlework crafters for her Contemporary Folk Art designs. She is a mother of four and now lives in Ohio with her two daughters. She teaches locally as well as internationally, has written and self-published many patterns and pattern books. Quiltmania published her book called "Contemporary Folk" and this fall Sue is releasing a self-published book called "Creative Stitching" that outlines her unique approach to her work and her favorite embroidery stitches. She designs and runs a successful block of the month program every year and hosts a retail website. She draws her inspiration from “folk and primitive art” and her love of travel.
Wendy comes from a fine art background in photography, printmaking and metalwork. After receiving her MFA in printmaking in New York she worked in the graphics industry for a few years and then moved to Pittsburgh where she met her husband. They both love to travel and wanted to explore the west and when an opportunity arose they took it and so now live in Spokane, Washington. On the property of new home was a dilapidated barn which has been renovated to house the dye studio as well as spaces for printmaking, encaustics and metal smithing. Wendy has been creating hand dyed textiles and jewelry since 2003 as well as working on her own art. She draws her inspiration from nature, her love of materials and her passion for art in all its forms. She also loves to travel.