Suki Baker Designs celebrates imagination, the power of color, and the souls & stories of reclaimed materials.
I use mostly reclaimed materials to make textile collage, mixed media and found object art in my home studio on California’s central coast. I also mindfully reproduce my designs as prints on archival paper and wood panels, with an eye for sustainability and quality. I’ve been known to throw some other creative expressions from my crafting roots into the marketplace: stuff like flag garlands made from my fabric scrap waste, and small batches of appliquéd pillows.
I forage through thrift stores and other second-hand resources, collecting raw materials for my vibrant, playful, and occasionally creepy, art works that celebrate beauty found in cast-off and overlooked materials. Whether it’s a vintage skirt, a well-worn album cover, or a porcelain doll torso, the material reality of the object constrains how it will be used. I’m constantly inspired by the element of chance inherent in working with reclaimed materials.
I‘m a California native, and spent most of my adult life in Oakland, loving the energy of city life and finding inspiration and beauty in urban vistas, as well as in pockets of nature tucked into the cityscape, only discoverable on foot or by bike. Five years ago, I left city living and have been kicking around various locations along the California coast, soaking in the objective beauty of these coastal locales while still harboring a deep love for the aesthetic delights of urban living.