In the first of a new series of articles, I would like to introduce for the month of May, our first Featured Artist
I discovered her work thanks to a recommendation from Jackie on the Book Arts Forum, but for those of you who haven’t yet found Sue Bleiweiss, here is a little more about her and her work.
Who you are:
Sue Bleiweiss of www.suebleiweiss.com
Where you are (which country you are based in)?
What you do:
I make books and journals. I teach online classes through www.twocreativestudios.com and live classes at the Danforth Museum of Art in Framingham Massachusetts. I sell some of my work through the Danforth Museum and through my etsy shop at http://suebleiweiss.etsy.com/
What got you started in your creative journey?
Up until 6 or so years ago I was working in the high tech world building online reporting and financial analaysis systems. I decided that I wanted a less stressful and slower paced way of life so I left it to purse some other things. I started out weaving and spent a couple of years selling my weavings and handbags. That got boring after a time and I wanted new challenges and one thing led to another and I started exploring mixed media, surface design and book making techniques.
What inspires you:
I get this question a lot and it’s a tough one to answer because I really don’t find inspiration in any one source. I guess for me the inspiration to create comes from being able to do what I truly enjoy doing every day.
If money,time and obligations were no object, what you would most like to do?
Honestly, I would do exactly what I am doing now. Being able to spend my days in my studio with my dogs working at my own pace and creating whatever the muse moves me to create is really exactly what I want to do.
What do you enjoy most about your creative work/life?
Well I get to move at my own pace. By that I mean I enjoy moving through my days without the pressure to create something on a deadline or by a due date. I can pick and choose what I spend my time on. A sunny day might find me on the deck painting paper or fabric or just lounging about enjoying the warm weather and sketching or brainstorming new ideas. There’s a great deal of creative freedom and motivation that comes from being able to be creative on my own terms with no restrictions like deadlines or customer specifications.
Thanks to Sue Bleiweiss for being our Featured Artist of the Month for May 2009
Best wishes and thanks for reading, see you soon