Fused and Cast Glass Drawings, Glass Jewelry, Handwoven Textiles
Susan Jo Milne Hope grew up on a sheep farm in the mountains of New Jersey. There her love of simplicity and quiet rural life were founded. She began drawing at an early age and followed the path to eventually graduate from University of Tennessee, with a BFA in printmaking. She became a illustrator at UT and discovered the joy of Scientific Illustration and during off hours learned the intricacies of weaving from the local mountain women. She is also a certified Botanical Illustrator.
Everhope Farms and Studio is located in rural Orange County, overlooking serene pond pastures. The fields are dotted with horses, cows and a small flock of sheep from which Susan weaves rugs and blankets. Her drawings, paintings and glass work all reflect her need to capture the joy of the moment and the memories of things past that might be otherwise lost forever. Her most recent works are cast glass blocks that hold drawings of old homes, farms and treasured stories.
"I feel compelled to capture the essence of old houses and barns...because they are alive with beautiful stories...of a way of life that could easily be forgotten by the fast paced society we live in. I love looking closely at the intricate details of the creation around us. I have to put it on paper for someone else somewhere to see and feel awe and amazement. There is an incredible beauty in the simplicity of life, the joy of hard work and the spiritual connection of it all...I do not want to forget."