MATTHEWS – Early American Life featured the work of Susan Daul in its August 2018 issue and included the Matthews resident in its 2018 Directory of Traditional American Crafts.
The magazine photographed Daul’s watercolor design of a fraktur letter D on aged paper on the door of a Revolutionary-era farmhouse at Yorktown for the issue.
Work was selected by a panel of experts, which included curators from prestigious institutions, antiques dealers, scholars and professional instructors.
The directory, now in its 33rd year, selects the top craftspeople working with traditional tools and techniques. Much of the work, according to the judges, is museum quality.
“The judges look for authentic design and workmanship, whether the piece is a faithful reproduction or the artisan’s interpretation of period style,” said Tess Rosch, publisher of Early American Life. “Scholarship, as well as use of period tools and techniques, is particularly valued in this competition.”
Fascinated by “old things” all of her life, Daul remembers accompanying her parents to visit homesteads of our founding fathers and antiques shops, searching for treasures from the past.
For 20 years, she has worked in various folk art media, including wood and clay. Fraktur became her artistic focus because she found the inspirational verses, beautiful designs, color combinations and charming use of animals irresistible. Her hobby of making fraktur as gifts for family and friends quickly grew into a business.
She has been listed in the Directory of Traditional American Crafts multiple times.
Her work can be found in museum shops at Colonial Williamsburg, the American Folk Art Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. She also created an ornament for the Blue Room Christmas tree in the White House.
Visit www.susandaulfolkart.com to learn more about Susan Daul Folk Art and www.EarlyAmericanLife.com for details about the magazine.