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Margaret Cusack
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Boerum Hill



ARTIST STATEMENT: Margaret Cusack After studying graphic design, typography, printmaking, drawing, animation, sculpture and painting at Pratt Institute, I later chose fabric and thread as my medium for creating artworks and illustrations. I applied all of my previous training to this unconventional medium: samplers, stitched artwork, and soft sculpture. “Why fabric?” is a question that is always asked. The answer is simple: To me, fabric is instantaneous color, pattern and texture. It also evokes emotion, memory and nostalgia. I use fabric to transmit these qualities to the viewer. Since 1972, my stitched images have been used primarily for large-scale hangings and illustrations, but I have also created stitched props, costumes, quilts and portraits that have been used in children’s books, posters, advertisements, magazines, etc. My book, Picture Your World in Applique, published by Watson-Guptill Publications, includes galleries of my stitched artwork. My interest as an artist is in presenting realism by using the interplay of patterns and textures. I enjoy creating images that involve viewers and evoke a response.
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  • Wrangler Map
    2005
    Applique: fabric and thread   48" x 40"
    "Wrangler Map" was originally created for use as a poster for Wrangler Jeans. The artwork has been exhibited several times in galleries.

  • "Nighttime"
    1989
    Applique: fabric and thread   14" x 20"
    Thsi peaceful landscape, "Nighttime" was commissioned for an advertisement for Quikset Locks.

  • Untitled
    1979
    Applique: fabric and thread   54" x 104"
    To create a shaded effect for this large scale, appliqued commissioned hanging, I dyed the textured cloud fabric, as well as the satin sky fabric.

  • Untitled
    2001
    Applique: fabric and thread   17" x 16"
    This folk art, appliqued artwork was commissioned by Time, Inc.s "Time For Kids" Magazine for an article about living in a small town.

  • "City and Country Landscape"
    1995
    Applique: fabric and thread   15.5" x 25.5"
    This image was commissioned by Harcourt, Inc. for a children's book illustration.

  • Untitled
    1998
    Applique: fabric and thread   20" x 28"
    I created "A Question of Balance" for a Brooklyn church in honor of a woman who had devoted a great deal of time and effort to help others.

  • Untitled
    1993
    Applique: fabric and thread   72" x 144"
    "A Time for Hope" is a commissioned appliqued hanging that commemorates the life of Bishop Francis J. Mugavero (the sixth bishop of Brooklyn). I created the individual images so that they wo

  • Vacirca Portrait
    1983
    Applique: fabric and thread   31" x 20"
    "Vacirca Portrait" This private commission is an appliqued, nostalgic portrait of a young couple on their wedding day. The artwork is based on their wedding photo. This stitched portrait com

  • Stefan
    2009
    Applique: fabric and thread   9.25" x 7.5"
    "Stefan" I created this appliqued artwork of Der Spiegel art director, Stefan Kiefer, as part of my Gold and Silver Portrait Series, which currently includes twelve portraits that I've

  • Statue of Liberty
    1985
    Applique: fabric and thread   17" x 16"
    "Statue of Liberty" This appliqued artwork was commissioned by Avon, Inc. as the July image of Avon's 1986 Centennial Calendar. (17" x 16" 1985) "Statue of Liberty"

  • Untitled
    2012
    Applique: fabric and thread   60" x 60"
    This private commission was for a collector who owns a water filtration company. He generously said that I could "do whatever I wished and take as long as I wanted." His only stipulation was

  • Untitled
    1979
    Applique: fabric and thread   42" x 48"
    I have always been intrigued with clouds and have included them in many of my appliquéd landscape artworks. For "Ochre Skyscape," I used some dyeing techniques to enhance the fabrics

  • Untitled
    2008
    Applique: fabric and thread   12" x 12"
    As one of the appliqued images in my Gold and Silver Portrait Series, I created this artwork to honor Barack Obama on the eve of his inauguration in 2009. The series currently includes twelve portrait

  • New York, New York
    2002
    Applique: fabric and thread   20" x 96"
    "New York, New York" is an appliqued commission for private collectors, that I created in 2002. Even though the World Trade Center had been destroyed in 2001, the decision that my clients a

  • Linguini With Clams
    1980
    Applique: fabric and thread   54" x 44"
    I created this appliqued hanging with a dimensional aspect of satin noodles and stitched clams, that appear to be falling off the plate.

  • Hope Davis
    2010
    Applique: fabric and thread   18" x 15"
    "Hope Davis," I created this appliqued portrait of actress, Hope Davis, as part of the Gold and Silver Portrait Series, which currently includes twelve portraits. For these artworks, I use m

  • Hands
    1992
    Applique: fabric and thread   144" x 108"
    "Hands" includes twelve 36" x 36" colorful, appliqued artworks. "Hands" was commisioned by the Culinary Institute of America and was installed in their Continuing Educati

  • Elizabeth Taylor
    1985
    Applique: fabric and thread   28" x 18"
    I created this air-brushed, appliqued portrait of the actress, Elizabeth Taylor, because I have always been fascinated with her beauty. I included several pieces of rhinestone jewelry in the artwork,

  • Coming Home
    2001
    Applique: fabric and thread   14" x 13"
    "Coming Home" is a quilted, appliqued image that I created for a Chicago Tribune article. The background information is that after Sept. 11, 2001 (911), people had an overwhelming fear of fl

  • Cause and Effect
    2000
    Applique: fabric and thread   8" x 10"
    "Cause and Effect" is an appliqued image of two portraits of my brother, James Weaver... when he was a child and when he was a 28 year old adult. This artwork is the first in a series of por
 








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