Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Artist Behind The Shop: Suzanne Stevens


Today, I´d like to introduce to you the wonderful shop of Suzanne Stevens. and also, invite you to know a little bit more about her!

When did you start crafting?
I've been interested in being an artist and 'creating' things for as long as I can remember. Most of that pent upcreativity was channeled into writing for most of my life, and I've been a working (and award-winning) writer for many years. I've also painted, drawn with pastels and dabbled in clay from time to time. It's just been within the past six or seven years that I got interested in jewelry making. That interest has further piqued my old, buried interest in painting, etc., so I'm trying to get back to that, as well as working with polymer clay—a really great medium. Motivation? I guess what motivated me was the disappointment I started having with my job in advertising. It's not as much fun or as creative as it looks. Hence, I felt cornered and needed a way to let my creativity really flourish—or at least give it a chance!

Which one of your designs makes you feel prouder of yourself?
That's a tough question! I really like my “Holly & the Ivy” holiday set, it just gets me into a holiday mood, which isn't always easy! “Bengal Twilight” is another of my favorites. Although I didn't make the polymer clay tiger beads, I really love them and love how it all came together. Outside of jewelry, I did a painting of the Beatles in early 1981 that I love and cannot part with. (It's in my studio gallery.)

What kind of things inspire you?
Oh, goodness...so many things! I'm always inspired by color, the huge range of colors and how colors work together—sometimes in very new and unexpected ways—to make something exciting. Music also inspires me, and I like many different genres of music, with the exception of country and rap (sorry, fans, nothing personal!) Sometimes just people I meet, or see, inspire me—I'm a big people watcher—but that inspiration usually manifests itself in my writing.
Do you have any favorite book, movie, comic, etc?
Favorite book: “Alice in Wonderland”, because it's whimsical, funny and thought-provoking—there's something there for people of any age. Movie: “The Lion in Winter”, because there's been no woman greater than Eleanor of Aquitaine and no actress greater than Kate Hepburn.

If you could choose any fictional character (from books, movies, comics, etc), which one would you like to be? Why?
Dorothea Brooke from George Eliot's “Middlemarch”. She's smart, idealistic, kind and no fool. Need I say more? :)
Do you have any mania or obsession?
I love the Beatles, Star Trek and cats (and, well, animals in general, but I own four cats).

Is there a place you´ve visited that left a big impression in you? If so, why?
Love the UK, especially northern England and Scotland. Would live there in a second if I had the chance. Been there many times and it's always felt more like home to me than anywhere I've actually called 'home'. Around every corner there's always something new, something old, something different, something magical—and, of course, always the mundane, too. But that's more than O.K. That's life.

Would you like to share any advice with your fellow artists?
It's easy, sometimes, to become discouraged when you're an artist of any sort. As someone who also fights clinical depression, I try to see what I do as a personal goal and not as a way to become rich and famous. Do what you do because you love to do it; that will make all the difference.

Where can people find you?
Blog: (though I don't keep it up as well as I should) http://suzannestevenscreates.blogspot.com/;

Anything else you´d like to share?
Gosh, can't think of anything but to wish all my fellow artists and crafters the best of luck and very happy creating!
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Thank you very much! Don´t foget to visit her lovely shop! :)

3 comments:

Dina Fragola said...

Thanks for sharing Suzanne and greetings from another trekker :)

Swiedebie said...

Interesting to read about Suzanne! THanks for sharing.

Suzanne Stevens Creates said...

What a lovely job and a wonderful blog! Thanks for the opportunity to be featured!

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