Susan Freda is a sculptor and jeweler known for her organic, ephemeral, intricate style. She employs form, light, and lines to create her airy, kinetic, luminescent pieces. Her work is recognized for its unusual processes, signature weaving, and for its delicate, exquisite craftsmanship.
She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and, in 2009, her MFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Award, a Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Public Art Grant, a Pilchuck Glass School Scholarship, and a de Young Museum Artist-in-Residence Award for 2009.
Susan has exhibited in the U.S., Canada, England, and Italy. Her shoe and dress forms have been collected and presented at N.Y. Fashion Week, Stuart Weitzman, Neiman Marcus, Fidelity Investments, Meditech, Ferragamo, Cirque du Soleil, and by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery. Her work is included in the collection of the Museo Italo Americano of San Francisco, and in numerous private and corporate collections.
Susan feels that artists cherish a special social responsibility to each other and to the planet–and that it is important for them to make the smallest footprint possible, in work and in all aspects of business. In works such as hers, examples of this view appear in the use of recycled metals, conflict-free diamonds, and responsibly sourced stones. In addition, for one-of-a-kind jewelry and sculpture, she favors recycled diamonds, gems, and gold from family pieces.