Photo of Debra Rapoport by Ari Seth Cohen of Advanced Style HERE

Cuff created by Debra Rapoport

Photo of Susan Wick by The SC

 Painting on paper bag by Susan Wick

The SC wearing an industrial felt hat created by Debra Rapoport

The SC met Debra Rapoport in NY in November of 2010.  Debra has been regularly featured and has a page on Advanced Style HERE, Ari Seth Cohen’s blog about people aging with style, dignity and enthusiasm. Debra, the generous connector, introduced me to her friend of many years who lives in Denver, artist Susan Wick HERE.  I admire the friendship that the two of them have nurtured and enjoyed for many years.  It’s easy to understand why they’re dear friends as they share the qualities of warmth; enthusiasm for life, style and art; curiosity and creativity.  Susan recently informed me that they met in the late 60’s as graduate students at the University of California, Berkeley, in the textiles department. They worked in collaboration for several years, receiving an NEA grant at one point. Particularly interesting to The SC was their creation of art performances which consisted of the visual presentation of an idea with live action in costume.  Along with other locations, performances were held in museums and in the windows of Macy’s in San Francisco.  They continue to live their lives as vibrant artists in different cities, bringing beauty and inspiration to everyone they touch. I could write pages about their intriguing lives, but instead I’ll provide a few of many possible links to sites which provide details about their endeavors and accomplishments.

Susan’s home and studio, Zwickplace, is filled with art and is a never ending visual delight HERE.  Every time I visit I find something new and fascinating that I hadn’t focused on before, or that has been newly created.  Susan was chosen as ‘Artist of the Year’ by Denver’s Museum of Contemporary Art in 2006;  click HERE to read about her installation at this museum and more about her process and her rich life. She will be showing her new paintings on June 1st at Weilworks Gallery, Denver HERE.

Debra describes herself as ‘an artist working within the visual and healing arts.’  Much of Debra’s art is wearable; she has a line of industrial felt hats, seen in her photo above and worn by The SC HERE.  She has been featured in many articles and magazines, such as Time Out New York’s ‘Most Stylish New Yorkers HERE,’  and will be presenting workshops at the Museum of Arts and Design in NYC, ‘Better with Age, Summer Salons in Dirt, Dust and Ash HERE.’  Brilliant at recycling, she is also creating cuff/bracelets which can be purchased on her page on Advanced Style HERE.

The SC was fortunate to snap up the cuff in the photo above, and will be composing an outfit with the bracelet as her focal point – coming soon on Style Crone.

19 Responses to “Friendship and Art – Debra Rapoport and Susan Wick”

  1. Jean

    I’m dashing off a comment now but will be back to enjoy all the links and to really absorb your post. I’m hoping I can buy a hat from Debra! I love the one you are wearing in the photo. The cuff is beautiful as well. Thanks for sharing all this wonderful info!!

  2. Sylvia @ 40PlusStyle

    Such inspiring women! I admire their creativity and sense of style. Great article and lovely photos. I look forward to seeing the photos of you wearing the cuff.

  3. Catherine

    You write such interesting blogs and I look forward every day (no pressure Judith) to see if you have written another one.
    I’m also a fan of Advanced Style (that’s how I found out about YOU) and Debra. Now you’ve informed me of the fabulous Susan Wick – she’s my kind of lady.

    Alas, I’m an artist in my mind and soul, with no “real” artistic talent, therefore I live vicariously through all you beautiful, talented, articulate, sexy women….

  4. Pam@over50feeling40

    All three of you…amazing women and I am so happy you have connected with one another! My dear friend, Gigi, the art instructor believes we are ALL artists and that it can be taught to appear in some way in each individual!!

  5. Patti @ NotDeadYet Style

    So inspiring, Judith! I am loving Susan’s tiles, esp the birds. And of course, Debra’s hats, and your inimitable style!

  6. déjà pseu

    I love reading about these fascinating and vibrant women! How lucky you all are to have connected with each other.

  7. debrarapoport

    Just love the article and having you as part of the friendship. Another trio. Thanks, Judith

  8. Carol

    Two wonderful artists in a sorority based on imagination, creativity, style and joie de vivre.

  9. Joni

    Beautiful and elegant. Love your style!

  10. SizzleandZoom

    I love the first hat. So dramatic. You bring us so many talented people thru your blog. It’s a joy to read. I love the black outfit your are wearing in the last photo. I would wear it, too.

  11. Terri

    I have read something somewhere about Susan previously. How fantastic that you have become friends. I would have loved to see some of the performance art in the department store windows! I keep studying Debra’s cuffs…thinking I might make one myself.



  13. Veshoevius

    ahh…to live life as an artist – what a wonderful sculptural hat! It suits you!

  14. Rachel {Raw-kul}

    Love your blog, so beautiful!

  15. Practical Paralegalism Career Dressing

    Those hats are awe-inspiring, and I can’t wait to see what you do with that amazing cuff.

  16. WendyB

    Amazing hats! Very armor-like.

  17. rose

    Had a look at “Zwickplace” and my eyeballs haven’t been the same since! What a riot of enthusiastic colours!! Many thanks for your comments on my blog — such a great way of connecting with like-minded people across the world!

    Much love from England,

  18. Vix

    That hat was made for you, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything more striking. x

  19. Susan Partlan

    The Debra Rapoport hats look cool. You know the most interesting people.

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