February 17th to March 30th, 2016
Blended Threads Exhibition

Susan is one of 6 invited fiber artists
Kirkland Art Center
9 1/2 East Park Row
Clinton NY 13323
Reception date: March 6th- 4PM to 6PM

June 12, 2016 Lecture
by Susan  "Tapestry in America" a little known history

at 2:00PM at
Museum of Tools and Crafts
9 Main Street
Madison, NJ 07940
& also at the museum
Sat. & Sun. September 17th & 18th, 2016
Special Weekend exhibit of 3 fiber artists
Maffei, Leznicki, and Iwanska

July 13th to September 24th, 2016
Susan will be showing Nessa-Nessa in
"Senses(less): Perceptual Explorations" at
The Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th St. 3rd Floor
Monday to Friday  11AM to 6PM
Sat. 10AM to 5PM
Aug. 3rd, 6:30 to 8:00PM 
Susan will be 1 of 5 artists along with the curators participating in the artists roundtable discussing work in the exhibit and fielding questions.

August 8th to August 24th, 2016
Tapestry: Contemporary Takes on an Ancient Art Form

invited group show
Featherstone Center for the Arts on Martha's Vineyard
30 Featherstone Lane, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557
opening reception August 7th, 4-6PM

August 18 - September 16, 2016
vernissage, Saturday, August 27
Susan is an artist  in the outdoor installations of
La Triennale Internationale des Arts Textiles en Outaouais 2016

Moon Rain Centre
105 Ch de la Savane, Vale-des-Monts
Quebec J8N 3B6 Canada
for more information see

October 14th, 2016 to February 26th, 2017
Museo Textil de Oaxaca (MTO- Textile Museum of Oaxaca) &
Museo de la Filatelia de Oaxaca (MUFI- Philately Museum of Oaxaca)

invited artists
Traveling Tapestry Textile Mail Art
Opening reception October 14th, 2016 at MUFI at 7PM


Susan is an artist member at the Center for Book Arts in NYC -
see www.centerforbookarts.org


Essay by Mary Lane on the ATA site (www.americantapestryalliance.org/education/educational-articles/andean-meets-medieval-european-on-the-streets-of-manhattan-susan-martin-maffeis-tapestries/)

Fiber Art Now ( fiber arts & textiles magazine) feature article (http://www.valleyfiberlife.com/fiber-greats-series/2011/10/30/susan-martin-maffei/html) and interview with Textile Study Group of NY (http://tsgnyblog.org/index.php/2012/02/susan-martin-maffei/)


You can view many more tapestry works by Susan and
her partner on www.brennan-maffei.com

Gaga exhibit

Click above image to connect to interview with Susan
(on YouTube)

My works in tapestry depict a very personal graphic view of the surrounding world. The historical precedent of mark making peculiar to tapestry is coupled with the tactile and intense flavor of modern yarns and colors. Selective memory, process and materials combine to form this imagery, which can only exist as textile. Crocheted 3 dimensional trims, quipus and found objects enhance the narrative visuals of many works, influenced by the textile forms and embellishments of the many ancient cultures I have explored.


Susan Martin Maffei is an internationally known tapestry artist whose background includes art studies at The Art Students League in NYC, tapestry training at Les Gobelins in Paris, apprenticeship and studio work at the Scheuer Tapestry Studio, NYC and conservation of antique textiles at Artweave Gallery, NYC. She has been weaving her work professionally since 1985. She has taught, lectured and exhibited in the U.S. and abroad and has work in both public and private collections.

Nessa Nessa- Winter Moon

Nessa Nessa is a native american song that means winter moon. This tapestry was inspired by an eclipse of the moon that begins the journey of the tapestry & that occurred on my mother's birthday (the winter soltis) the first year after her passing. It records many items about the Hudson river and its relationship to the moon and there is a legend to help decipher the coding. The quipu (Andean historical method of recording information on cords using knots and colors) records the time of the rising and the setting of the moon for one year after the eclipse as well as phases. The graph at the bottom of the tapestry records the azimuth (angle of rise and set). The visuals of the tapestry record the possible images and weather changes that occur over a one day period in the winter. The sky records many of the major constellations and the month in which they are best viewed in the northern hemisphere. The song is represented by native american flute notations and the tapestry ends with my mother's dog Toby and I playing that song to the moon. The tapestry is mounted on a series of 28 screens in accordion book style that can be viewed in many ways, circular, accordion or stretched out to it full length(252"). When closed it is a compact large book (20"H x 9"W x 8"D).

Materials used are hand spun wool warp, indigo dyed silks, Bulgarian silks, wool, linen, hemp, cotton and metallics wefts. Mount materials are acid free book board and fabric, acid free Canson paper and glues.