Susie Monday

Artist, maker, teacher, author, head cook and bottlewasher.

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The art I make is the result of a life-long love of pattern, texture and color. How I teach is a skill honed by experience (I started teaching creative arts to younger kids when I was 12). After earning a B.A. in Studio Arts from Trinity University, I helped lead an internationally recognized educational foundation, designed curriculum exhibits for schools and other institutions, wrote and edited for a major daily newspaper, opened the San Antonio Children's Museum and then, a dozen years ago, took the scary but essential (for me) leap to become a fulltime artist and art teacher.

About This Blog

This weblog is about the maker's life. The teacher's path. The stitching and dyeing and printing of the craft of art cloth and art quilt. The stumbling around and the soaring, the way the words and the pictures come together. Poetry on the page and in the piecing of bright scraps together. The inner work and the outer journeys to and from. Practicalities and flights of fancy and fearful grandeur, trivial pursuits and tactile amusements. Expect new postings two or three times a week, unless you hear otherwise. 

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    Art Quilts. Art Cloth. Inspiration. Process


    I am an artist who works primarily in fabric and textiles -- my contemporary textile paintings use fabric in the same way that painters use paint and I think of stitching in much the same way a painter would think of brush strokes.


    The angels, saints and sinners who inhabit my art are inspired by the icons, imagery, colors, textures and natural beauty of the Texas Borderlands, by folk art from around the world, and by the experiences of my life and the life of those around me.


    Much of the fabric I use comes into the studio from thrift stores and flea markets: vintage damask tablelinens are dyed, stenciled, screen-printed and handpainted with original designs. Bits of old lace and embroidery are rescued from discarded clothing. Handwoven ethnic textiles, Guatemalan fabrics and salvaged antique kimono and huipils are recycled into art quilts and wall pieces. I print photographs and digital art on fabric, then add them into my textile paintings as collages. Most of my smaller pieces and many of my large pieces are stretched and mounted on wooden frames. 


    Explore my recent and past art work in these galleries arranged by series. For purchase, contact me at or leave a comment on my blog entry page of this website.