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Meet The Artist Using Pencils Differently, Susan Lowenberg
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Meet The Artist Using Pencils Differently, Susan Lowenberg

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Updated: 11 December 2015
From ties and earrings to furniture, Chicago artist Susan Lowenberg uses pencils in some of the most creative ways possible. Read below to find out how she started creating this unique form of art and get a peek at some of her past pencil creations.

TCT: How did you think of using pencils as a medium to make things?

SL: As an avid collector of folk and outsider art, I have traveled extensively to the Southern U.S. to visit self-taught artists in their own environments and took special interest in how these artists used recycled materials in their work. To complement my growing collection of folk and outsider art, I started covering the family furniture with recycled pencils.

TCT: What is your favorite thing that you’ve made out of pencils?

SL: I’m very excited about my new Pencil Ladies.

TCT: What is an artwork you would like to have in your living room?

SL: Venus of Urbino by Titian, Mona Lisa, Starry Night, Las Meninas by Velazquez.

TCT: If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

SL: Bob Dylan.

TCT: Pepsi or coke?

SL: Pepsi.

TCT: Waffles or pancakes?

SL: Waffles.

TCT: Flip flops or sneakers?

SL: Flip flops.

TCT: Summer or winter?

SL: Winter.

TCT: Dogs or cats?

SL: Cats.

TCT: Train or bus?

SL: Train.

Interview conducted by Benita Gingerella