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.

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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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    The Textile That Is Barcelona

    Never have I seen a city that is more like fabric, or specifically, like art cloth. Shimmering with light and sparkle, layered with pattern upon pattern. Of course, much of that is due to the master, Antoni Gaudi, architect magician, who somehow imprinted much of the city with his spirit, an influence that lasts to this very moment of street graffiti and orange and black taxis that zip around like shiny beetles through the otherwise reserved for pedestrians streets of Born, the old Gothic city where we are staying.

    From street patterns to walls, to layers upon layers of light, color and texture, I think no textile artist could leave this city of wrinkles and weaves without a trunk of ideas and inspirations. Much of the iconography is itself inspired by nature, a string strand in the work of Gaudi and his collaborators and disciples.

    Then add to the mix the many stalls and storelets selling trinkets and beads, baubles and tiles, Indian gauzes and cotton pareas, Thai pantaloons and touristic renditions of shawls and fans and polka dotted flamenco shoes. And then in a twinkle of the eye, you come across a solemn plaza of stone and citadel, or make a turn onto the human river of La Rambla, walled with flower stalls and cafe chairs.

    Crowning the entire affair is, no doubt, Park Guell, Gaudi's home garden project for 20 years. Here are the tiles and mosaics, "practice" columns (I think) for Sagrada Familia, and layered gardens that flow in bands of color and texture as far as the eye can see.

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