Susan Sargent is a textile artist, trained in Sweden and based in New England. Since the 1970’s she has produced woven wool tapestries with a Folk Art feel. Along with weaving at the loom she raised sheep and two sons on her Vermont farm. Susan trained as a dyer in Sweden, and all yarns are custom-dyed. Tapestries range in size from 3” x 3’ to 7’x18’.
In 1995, sensing a market for colorful, well-produced home furnishings, she founded her textile company, Susan Sargent Designs. Based in Vermont, Susan partnered with vendors and artisans in India, China, Poland and Italy to develop a range of goods for the home furnishings industry. The initial collections were rugs, accent pillows, and bedding. The product lines were sold wholesale through showrooms in Atlanta, High Point NC, and New York and a national sales rep network.
During these years her company sold to over 1000 accounts in the US. These ranged from major retailers (Neiman Marcus) to independent home furnishing and gift stores. Custom designs were developed for a wide range of mail-order catalogues, including Orvis, Horchow, Colonial Williamsburg, Lands End, Sundance, Plow and Hearth, Cuddledown, and Laura Ashley Home.
Known for her vibrant and livable design aesthetic, the product range was later expanded through licensing deals with larger companies, including Robert Allen (fabrics), Mohawk (rugs and throws) Springs (bedding and bath), Noritake (dinnerware), Lexington Furniture, York wallpaper, and Fine Paints of Europe.
For some years her stores in Boston and Vermont showcased the complete range of signature home furnishings, all built around her signature palette of vivid but usable color.
Along with the stores Susan created a series of COLOR WORKSHOPS. Interactive Color Workshops were offered to do-it-your-selfers eager to develop their own decorating skills and style. Featuring exercises in Room Design, scrapbooking and liberating paint experiences, the Color Workshops further established the many satisfactions of bringing engaging and personal color into the home.
A lifelong gardener and devotee of trees, the colors of plants and flowers have always been the inspiration for the vibrant colors of Susan’s textiles. In garden planning, the elements that distinguish her work — playfulness, unusual color combinations, and interesting pairings of shapes and forms — also define her approach to garden design
Three books on Colorful Home design expanded Susan’s identity as a Color Guru. The books showcase her design philosophy through colorful interiors in a range of different types of homes and for a range of budgets. Helpful advice serves to guide those on a path to a more colorful house.
Susan also illustrated and collaborated on a 2012 book for children, Far Away Grandma.
The Studio Today
Today Susan divides her time between weaving tapestries, painting, and designing and implementing gardens. She also continues to envision Colorful Interiors that soothe the spirit and charm the emotions. For information about tapestries for sale, design work, and anything else, please contact the Studio.