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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    Drawing fearlessly

    If there is any phrase I hear from quilt artists and textile artists often, it's the "but I can't draw" lament.
    So what?
    I can't either, much, but that doesn't stop me from trying. And, in trying, I've found that my skills at rendering 3-d life in 2-d form has improved over the years. Because, in truth, that's what drawing is (a skill) despite the fact that some few of us come into the world gifted in line and shading. Of course, those are the ones who long, long ago in your life convinced many of us that we really were not artists, since we could not draw 1. Horses, 2. People, 3. (related to 2) Faces, 4. Anything.

    I am mounting a campaign to turn the rest of us into fearless sketchers, because it is fun, Because you can capture information about the world and your ideas that can not (even with cameras) be captured any other way. And, third, we can all benefit for the careful attention to NOW that drawing promotes. Drawing is actually a very wonderful entry into meditation, as a practice it is especially valuable for those visually inclined.

    My venture onto this bandwagon starts in September 7-9 with a workshop at El Cielo called Fearless Sketching, $175, Friday evening potluck (optional) through 3 pm Sunday. My friend and master of drawing Sarah Jones is scheduled to help out, but I'll be leading most of the activities with an eye on our fears and insecurities. Discover drawing as a meditative practice, as a way to capture an idea, as a reminder and as an approach to learning a new skill. And I'll also be sharing some iPad drawing tools that are fun to use, too, for those of you exploring that new media.

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