Susan Barton-Tait

I work in a studio in The Cotton Factory, a historic building in Hamilton, Ontario filled with creative people of many disciplines. 

My work is multidisciplinary, incorporating sociopolitical ideas that respond to environmental issues, memories attached to objects,  women’s issues, and the fragility of family dynamics. My practice has evolved around the creation of work from basic/minimalistic materials through a formal structure that stimulates viewer reaction. I manipulate a variety of fibres through weaving, knitting, crocheting, felting, making paper, building with wood, sawdust, and other industrial materials to create series’ of forms that are relevant to my hypothesis. Working with my hands inspires my creative process. I love the intimacy and pleasure in the repetitive movements required to make objects. I enjoy the transformational changes in creating new work; the production of the artwork and the serendipitous discoveries that emerge during the process.

For many years I have been investigating the theme of “home” as it applies to my life and the memories that I carry with me. Ideas of fragility, impermanence, tradition, nostalgia, repetition, and monotony in the domestic environment are central to my art practice.


  1. Dorothy Michiel

    What are the hours of your exhibition? I listened to you on CBC and also read the newspaper article but can’t find the daily opening hours. dorothy Michiel

    1. Thank you so much. The hours for storefront studio are 11-3 Monday to Saturday. Please come by for a look and a cup of tea.

      It was such a pleasure to speak with Sheryl McKay at north by northwest. She is so easy to speak with and asked interesting and enthusiastic questions.

  2. Barb Hotson

    Will you be teaching another one day workshop for paper making in the fall ?
    Thank you , Barb

    1. Thanks Barb, I have sent you an email . Sept 14 – basic papermaking, Sept 21 – cast paper sculpture

  3. Nicole Lafreniere

    Hi Susan. I would like to connect with you regarding a collection of prints made by you when I was teaching voice lessons with Beth.

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