MEET & GREET with SUSIE FRAZIER
March/April 2017, Housetrends Magazine - "...I'm a product of growing up in the Southwest and being outdoors was a pretty big part of my life. So I just cultivated a sensibility around seeing patterns in the environment and color and texture. Over time -- even if they were decomposing -- they just became very beautiful to me....This is the beauty of my Reflective Design philosophy. It's not about starting over. It's about looking at what you have and placing a greater priority on the things that hold meaning for you."
September 28, 2016, Smart Business Magazine - Artisan transforms discards into something beautiful. Susie Frazier has an eye for converting cast-aside materials - scrap pieces of stone, steel, and wood - into works of art that catch the eye and calm the soul. One of the best sources for new items to use in her work are manufacturer's scrap piles. Read More
SUSIE FRAZIER, AUTHOR AT ORGANIC SPA MAGAZINE
September 28, 2016, Organic Spa Magazine - Soulful Home, Healthy Mind by Susie Frazier. "Every decorative decision we make in our homes directly influences our mental health. Much like our food choices affect our physical bodies, the interior design elements within our built environments impact our emotional minds. Yet all too often in our western culture, we find ourselves placing more emphasis on how something looks than how it makes us feel, and then we wonder why we’re still anxious." Read More
PROMINENT TO REP ARTIST SUSIE FRAZIER
June 28, 2016, Lincense! Global - Artist Susie Frazier has tapped Prominent Brand + Talent to develop her lifestyle brand through a global licensing program. “As we spend more time living within built environments, we see an increasing demand in the marketplace for meaningful, soothing and nature-inspired home, art and lifestyle products that will help consumers connect back with the natural world,” says Dan Levin, co-founder and principal, Prominent Brand + Talent. “We believe that Susie’s unique, aesthetically-pleasing and sustainable products will inspire and delight consumers both nationally and globally.” Read More
HER EARTH-MINDED ART OPENS UP NEW WORLDS
May 29, 2016, Crain's Cleveland Business - Susie Frazier has spent almost 20 years narrowing her self-styled “earth-minded” aesthetic into a cohesive brand. Pursuing that clarity has allowed the Cleveland designer to expand her arts-based business into the commercial space and beyond. While direct retail was once Frazier’s mainstay, commercial production now comprises nearly three-quarters of the business. The Westlake resident recently designed 100 steel-and-wood tabletop puzzles for health care professionals speaking at a Cleveland Clinic medical innovation summit. Frazier’s other corporate clients include BakerHostetler and Sherwin-Williams, representing an increasingly lucrative enterprise that converges art with function. Read More
DESKTOP ORGANIZING: KEEPING SMALL PIECES OF PAPER FROM GETTING LOST
August 20, 2015, Core77, Industrial Design Blog - As a professional organizer, I've worked with people who take notes on Post-its and other small pieces of paper—and then wind up with those notes getting buried in piles of papers on their desks. I've seen bills get buried and neglected, too. We've mentioned desk organizers before, but there are some other designs which focus specifically on keeping papers visible...Other designs take standard bulletin boards and convert them for desktop use. Susie Frazier did something similar, creating a desktop magnetic board made from reclaimed steel. These designs are simple to use and could work well for end users who are only concerned with a limited number of small papers...Read More.
5 TIPS FOR SACRED SPACES WITH SUSIE FRAZIER
December Cover 2014 and September 2014, Organic Spa Magazine - We asked pioneering artist and designer Susie Frazier to share tips for decluttering home spaces and adding an earth-minded inspiration to every room. Frazier knows there’s nothing like taking a brisk autumn walk to clear the mind and restore body and soul. Bringing some elements of nature into our homes can create a similar effect. Here are some of her favorites.
Simplify Your Space: Too many things and furniture that is over-sized makes spaces feel cramped. Plus, the overuse of decorative accents can create a cluttered feeling. To remedy the problem, incorporate items that are appropriately sized for the room, display only a few objects on shelves or tables and hang only a few pictures. Read more...
November 2014, Ariadne at Home, Dutch Magazine - We see it more and more: mini plants as home decoration in the house. We also got to work with small green on the wall, the ceiling, a lantern and jars. Tip: Susie Frazier's hanging planter is an ideal solution for the smaller house.
IN THE GREEN | SHOWROOM BOASTS EARTH-FRIENDLY HOME DECOR, FINE ART
September 11, 2014, Cleveland Business Connects - Susie Frazier began her artistic/entrepreneurial career in 1997 by salvaging slate roofing tiles from old Cleveland buildings and then turning them into mosaic furniture and home décor. She enjoyed the process of turning reclaimed materials into works of art... Read More...
NATURAL WOMAN - CLEVELAND ARTIST CREATES EVOCATIVE PIECES WITH NATURAL AND REPURPOSED MATERIALS
December 2013, Luxury Ohio Living - A strong "bring the outdoors in" movement exists among consumers and designers today. This awareness of the positive effect of connecting with nature is fueling a demand for green living products and decor that uses organic colors and textures. Acclaimed Ohio artist Susie Frazier is at the forefront of what she hopes is "not just a trend, but a long term commitment by the industry" to vernacular design, where materials and finished products are sourced locally. Not limited to fine art, but encompassing fashion, home living products, furnishings and gifts, Susie's eclectic portfolio repurposes both organic and industrial discards into evocative pieces. Read more...
ENVIRONMENTAL ART FOR INTERIOR SPACES: ARTIST SUSIE FRAZIER
June 11, 2012 - GPI Design, Surfaces Industry Blog - Cleveland artist Susie Frazier engaged in sustainability even before it was cool. Her genuine passion for natural materials as early as childhood has sustained her impressive artistic life..."It’s not enough to transform organic or industrial elements into something new. What matters to me is that I’m creating unpretentious objects that ultimately soothe the soul." Read More...
July 2011, Cleveland Magazine - Floor-to-ceiling branches decorate the corners of Susie Frazier’s new 78th Street Studios art gallery. Bark, leaves and driftwood that she’s collected from the Cleveland Metroparks and Lake Erie shores are glued in frames on the walls, used as centerpieces on tables and included in ceiling fixtures. “Nature is so integral in so many aspects of how you live,” she says...Read More.
ECO-ARTIST SUSIE FRAZIER SETS UP SHOP IN 78TH STREET STUDIOS
March 24, 2011, Freshwater Cleveland - 78th Street Studios, a warren of creative-minded businesses located at 1300 W. 78th Street, recently welcomed a new showroom run by environmental artist Susie Frazier...Now, under the brand of "earthminded art," Frazier is launching a new line of up-cycled home products and gifts, including tables and lamps made from salvaged wood, decorative pillows and note cards printed with earth images, and rings made from Lake Erie driftwood...Read More.
EARTH, MIND & FIRE
May 2007, Northeast Ohio Luxury Living - Like the art she creates, Susie Frazier is at once fired with passion and dimension and meditating on the wisdom nature offers. The yin and yang of these qualities serve the artist well, both in her internal creative process and in her external crusade to help create a world-class arts scene in Northeast Ohio. Read More...
ACTION FIGURES: WOMEN MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE ARTS
May 2006, Women's Health - In 2003, Susie Frazier cofounded Sparx in the City, a nonprofit program that draws art out of the galleries and onto the streets...What she accomplished: The city's first 48 hour Gallery Hop added $1.1 million to Cleveland's economy, with city artists pocketing more than $164,000 of it. Sparx also introduced Street Beats - a 16-week summer series where musicians and dancers perform on high-traffic street corners. The program has earned the city national kudos; Last year the U.S. Conference of Mayors awarded Cleveland a City Livability Award (reserved for the country's best places to live) for Sparx's efforts to improve quality of life. Read More...
THINGS ARE HOPPING
September/October 2005, Artefakt Magazine, by Douglas Max Utter - In the arts, it's not so unusual to wear more than one hat; multi-tasking is often the only answer to those passion-rich but decimal-place-poor paychecks earned by the so-called creative class. But whether you're an artist or a hat salesman (or both) the real test is how well any of the headgear fits. Consider, for example, Susie Frazier. She's the mother of the small children, a locally well-respected and widely exhibited visual artist -- plus a co-founder and now Producer of Sparx in the City, possibly the largest community arts project in Cleveland's history. Read More...
EMERGING ARTISTS - SUSIE FRAZIER
May 2005, Art Business News - Susie Frazier is an environmental artist who transforms organic materials into all-natural contemporary art. Made from authentic bark, branches, leaves and grass, Frazier's abstract compositions, combined with original written verse, encourage the viewer to examine the patterns found in nature as guides for understand our own human nature. Read More...
OUR MOST INTERESTING PEOPLE
January Cover Story 2004, Cleveland Magazine - Susie Frazier turns yard waste into works of art, is a civic booster involved with lots of important groups (including The City Club and Sparx in the City) who sometimes wears go-go boots to meetings and most of all because she strongly believes that creativity and hard work can transform our city. Read More...
September, 2001 Cleveland Magazine - Just a few years ago, Susie Frazier's slate creations were displayed in 60 galleries from New York to Los Angeles. Using power tools, she cut the sleek material into small pieces, then arranged them in mosaic fashion to decorate furniture, candles, picture frames and other furnishings. But while she was building a solid career as an artist, she was also acquiring health problems. Dust particles from the cut stone were entering her bloodstream, causing free-radical damage -- a condition that could have been chronic if she continued her work...It wasn't long before Frazier, 30, found another artistic outlet, one with no potential health risks. Read More...
PICK UP THE PIECES
April 1999, Country Decorating Magazine - Artist Susie Frazier was attempting to hang a large piece of slate above her fireplace as a dramatic accent pieces. Suddenly, the slate slipped out of her hands and crashed to the floor, leaving fragments about one inch in size. As she was pickup up the pieces, she noticed they had a beautiful patina and interesting shapes and edges. It seemed a shame to throw them away...Soon, Frazier was gathering as much slate as she could find (usually acquired from the roofs of old houses being demolished), breaking it into small pieces and applying them to items that seemed appropriate -- candlesticks, mirrors, chests, even old wooden chairs. Read More...