Hi! My name is Susan. My adventures in art started from an early age and was supported by my artistic family. I walked a meandering path in my quest to “make a living from my hands”, complete with a series of ups & downs, spending a fair amount working as a Classical 2D Animator.
Throughout my life, I have attempted to take the ideas and concepts in my head and reproduce them in as many forms as I can; animation, life drawing or character designs, illustration, beading & jewelry making, cross-stitching, costume creating. I have always felt the need to create and be creative. I was stuck working at a call centre, listlessly putting in the time without a creative outlet. I happened upon a felt craft kit in a local dollar store that looked like fun to make. That rekindled my artistic drive and a new interest in fibre arts.
I accompanied my Dad on a trip to visit my Uncle & Aunt in California in 2012, and a created my first OOAK bear as a gift for them. There was no looking back!
My approach as a texture artist is to design using traditional methods, take that design and turn it into a pattern and then create a One of a Kind Whimsey: a plush representation of that original design. As a line is the start of every design, it is carried through into the 3D realization. Every creation sports its lines on the outside, not hidden and turned under.
I love to play with colour; so the lines in my design, contrast the body and allow for greater combinations of colours, more mayhem. I love working with wool felt as it allows me to manipulate the medium and it can handle the stress. I am particular about the quality of my materials, I’ve progressed beyond “student quality”, and it makes a difference to the quality of work I create, and The Felt Store is part of that.
My beadwork follows the same path, pulling inspiration from the cabochons I work with; stones, fossils, glass & lampwork. Each piece I bead is OOAK and hand-stitched with care. My main aim is to instill a sense of playfulness and whimsey in my finished works that will appeal to all, both young and old.
I love that I can incorporate all of my learned disciplines in My Artistic Mayhem.