Susan Share

Shpilkes Series: Heart Feet, 2008
Handmade and machine made felt, mylar, paper, photo, needles, fabric, 5 x 4 x 1 inches, unique. $130

Shpilkes Series: Set Free, 2009
Handmade and machine made felt, mylar, paper, photo, needles, fabric, 5.5 x 4 x 1 inches, unique. $130


My mixed media needle books, the Shpilkes Series, contain miscellaneous typed quotes and phrases, images, multi-colored handmade felt and collected stitch work. The pages of these functional containers for pins and needles are machine sewn to an accordion folded fabric strip to form a codex.

Szpilka is a Polish word meaning “nail.” The Anglo-Yiddish phrase, “to be on shpilkes” means “sitting on pins and needles”, having nervous energy and being anxious or impatient.


Susan Joy Share was born in Syracuse, NY and received a BFA form the NYS College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 1977. She worked as an artist in New York City for 20 years, and moved to Anchorage, AK in 1997.

Share’s artwork is included in collections at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Ruth and Marvin Sackner Archive and the Arthur and Mata Jaffe Collection. She has exhibited and performed a throughout the US and in England, Ireland and Hungary.

Share has received grants from the Rasmuson Artists Fellowship Program, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts and the Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, Inc. She has also created public artwork for Anchorage’s Municipal 1% for Art Program and private foundations.

Share worked as a book conservator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Historical Society, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and taught at many noted institutions including the Center for Book Arts, NYC; Anderson Ranch Arts Center, CO; Penland School of Crafts, NC; Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, ME; visual Studies Workshop, NY; Columbia College Center for Book and Paper, IL; and the University of Alaska, Anchorage.

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