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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    iPad Workshop at the Studio


    Just a few pics!

    Here are a few photos from the digital manipulations we made on the iPads. (I hope to have more from the participants to come later, these were my demos!)

    All of the above were my quick demos using a variety (and combinations of) different apps for the iPad, using original photos (in most cases) for source materials. 

    Here's another by artist/participant Zet Baer:


    The Next Generation of Fiber Artists

    I spent a few hours last night at Carnahan Elementary School's annual Art Fair. This was my third year to participate -- I think they keep asking me because I don't complain about being situated next to the very loud, and youthful, rock-n-roll band that takes up the last hour or so of the event!

    Seriously, I like to participate because this gathering is such a hopeful and creative one -- lots of people there with kids, taking time to be with them with no screen in sight. And, this school is such a United Nations of diversity -- its good to see that our country is still one of great hope, of people here from around the world, of parents who care for their kids and who take time to visit the school, hold their hands, scoot up the jacket sleeves to keep the paint off, and who oohh and awww over even very simple things!

    Artist Susan Oaks and helper get ready for the hoards.

    Thom Ricks signs his new book and wonderful posters!


    Inspiration, Truth, too

    From Ira Glass, via friend and artist Liz:


    This one was just a hanger on! But I love the text animation.  Thanks, Liz. I'm sending it out, too!


    Small Works for a Big Cause

    One of the FEW events I donate art to:

    The Preview Night is Thursday.

    It’s the “Sweeeet 16” for the annual fundraiser auction, Small Scale Work For a Larger Cause (SSWLC), and SAY Sí is ready to celebrate! Festivities begin on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the2nd Annual Youth Arts Education Advocacy Awards and Small Scale Preview, where patrons can mingle with the artists while enjoying live music, quenching libations and delectable cuisine.

    The SSWLC Silent Auction and exhibit culminates on Friday, March 22, 2013, with live music and inspiring cuisine from some of San Antonio’s top chefs, including Chad Carey of the Monterey, Jason Dady of Tre Trattoria, Johnny Hernandez of La Gloria, Stefan Bowers of Feast and Steve McHugh, formerly of Lüke, opening his new restaurant soon at the Pearl.

    Small Scale Private Preview & Awards Ceremony
    Thursday, February 28 | 7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    $40 Presale | $50 at the door
    A limited number of $80 Presale tickets are available to attend both the preview and final auction events, but please note that option ends 11 p.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

    FREE public preview [part of First Friday]
    Friday, March 1, 2013 | 6 – 9 p.m.
    Open for public viewing until Thursday, March, 21, 2013
    Gallery Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    “Buy it now” option ends 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 20

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