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Oct. 12, 2004

UI Alumna, Up And Coming Design Talent Suzanne Tick To Speak Oct. 18

Suzanne Tick, an alumna of the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History and a 2003 National Design Award nominee, will present "Iowa City to New York City: Spinning a Golden Thread," a lecture on her career after leaving the UI, at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct.18, in Room E109 of the UI Art Building.

Tick received a bachelor's degree in woven design from the UI and an associate degree in Applied Arts from the Fashion Institute of Technology. Speaking of her talk, she  said "I will talk about my journey from college to today, showing product development as my tool to my independence."

Tick was cited in 2001 by the New York Times as an up and coming design talent. In 1999, Metropolitan Home magazine listed her as one of 21 noteworthy designers to watch in the 21st century. Her products are frequently seen in magazines and newspapers and she has been profiled in Azure, the Chicago Tribune and Design Times.

An extraordinarily versatile artist and designer, Tick has been the design director for several high profile contract fabric companies including Boris Kroll, Brickel Associates and Unika Vaev. In 1997 she was hired by Groundworks, a division of Lee Jofa, to develop a collection of residential drapery, upholstery and wall covering called Collection Renew.

Since January 1997, through her consulting and design firm Suzanne Tick, Inc., she has been the Creative Director for KnollTextiles, where she is responsible for the direction, management and much of the product design for this large commercial fabric company. In 2000 she invented Imago, a new breed of hard surfacing for textiles. This was the first time fabric was ever combined with a high performance resin, effectively extending the range of textiles into the building materials market.

Tick and partner Terry Mowers formed the award-winning, Tuva Looms in 1996. Tuva Looms specializes in sophisticated woven carpet for the architectural and design community.

Through her design and consulting firm she is also working with Interface, Inc. and their Bentley and Prince Street brands. In 2002, she helped Prince Street launch a residential program featuring area rugs assembled from broadloom colors and patterns of her design.

Tick's collection of hand-knotted silk and wool blend area rugs for Tufenkian are currently in the market. In 2002, she collaborated with Harry Allen to explore the use of woven fiber optic fabrics as light sculptures. This series of designs won a 2003 award from ID magazine. 

Azure magazine wrote in a recent profile that Tick is "equal parts earth mother and technophile, keenly interested in the development of new fibers and manufacturing techniques, but even more in making technical fabrics more natural in look and feel."

Tick has received numerous awards and participated in several museum exhibitions with her work. In the Fall of 2003 she was nominated as one of three finalists in product design category for the Cooper Hewitt National Design Awards. Three of her designs for KnollTextiles and Groundworks were included in the 2002 exhibition at the Denver Art Museum  called "US design from 1975-2000," which will be touring around the country.

One of her experimental woven projects, which used an industrial steel fiber from Japan, was included in the show at the Museum of Modern Art called "Structure and Surface: Contemporary Japanese Textiles." Her work for Tuva Looms and KnollTextiles has frequently won awards from I.D. magazine, IIDA product design awards, Best of Neocon  and the Chicago Athenaeum in their Good Design Award Program.

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