Artist Bio

Suzann Thompson was born in 1959 into a family with a long tradition of needlework. She learned to knit and crochet as a child. Though she later earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from The University of Texas at Austin, these crafts became first her avocation and then her career. She gained skill by teaching others and designing needlework and craft projects for publication in magazines and books. Beginning in the 1990s, Suzann explored the possibilities of using knitting and crochet to create art. She developed a signature technique called TextileFusion, which combined knitting, crochet, quilting, and embellishment. Suzann’s most recent project is an exhibit called Celebrate Doilies, which showcases her art alongside stories and photos of needlework made in families in her community and beyond. She lives in rural Texas in a compressed earth block house with her husband, teenaged daughter, and three dogs. Her eldest daughter is in college.

Find a longer history of Suzann’s career here.