Susan Freda’s love of the dress form began while she was a student at the Rhode Island School of Design. Her studies explored armor and body coverings as well as traditionally feminine weaving techniques such as crochet and knit. Over time she developed a system of looping, similar to crochet, and began building installations, sculpture and jewelry.
Working from a spool of wire, Freda weaves continuously from a single strand. This method is efficient and minimal and leaves room for her organic and ephemeral design. Her close attention to line and form give her sculptures the ability to function as three-dimensional drawings. Shadow and light are an integral part of the experience of the work that often incorporates glass, resin, and handmade paper.
Freda has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, A De Young Museum Residency, and a Scholarship Pilchuck Glass School. Her work is in many public and private collections, including Meditech, Stuart Weitzman, Neiman Marcus, Fidelity, and Cirque Du Soleil.