Susan Schapira was born in 1952 in Los Angeles, California, and has been a resident of Anchorage since 1976. She became interested in fabric and fiber art at a young age and began making art quilts in 1985. Schapira has studied with well-known quilt artists at venues such as the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Quilt Surface Design Symposium in Ohio, Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina, and the Fibre Forum in Australia. Her quilts are distinguished by their mix of ethnic textiles and her hand-dyed fabrics, blended in a raw-edged reverse appliqué technique. Shapira has been teaching these techniques for several years in Anchorage and at the Fibre Forum in Australia. Her quilts have appeared in many other group invitational and juried shows in Alaska, Washington, California, Ohio, Minnesota, Georgia, Australia and Germany.