January is the time to declutter so I have been hitting the “unsubscribe” button on many of the newsletters landing in my inbox.
But I am keeping Susie Monday’s "El Cielo Studio" weekly newsletter.
In a previous blog, I made the argument that the only effective way to counter invisibility and silencing is to train our sight on each other and spread the word about our work, talents and passions. In that spirit, let me introduce you to Susie.
First her fortunate name: Susie Monday, like the woman next door and the start to a very good week rolled into one. Then her studio, El Cielo, like a gift from heaven.
Next Susie, a firecracker of a textile artist whom I met at Jane Dunnewold’s Creative Strength Training retreat two years ago, when she came to give a demo about the creative power of the iPad. Susie is a digital enthusiast who has pioneered a range of techniques to create iPad art as the basis for quilts and printed textiles. She is a talented teacher who is determined to share her knowledge in an approachable, friendly, matter-of-fact manner. Her artwork is big and bold, always moving, always exploding with color and rhythm. Her writing is fun and personable.
Susie teaches, makes, creates, sews, reads, shares, sells, thinks, explains and nudges you toward exploration. She also puts together a hell of a newsletter with catchy headlines, tons of links, references and beautiful images. It takes a lot of work to produce that much content and I simply amazed at her constant energy and glorious output.
Susie Monday's is the newsletter I love to receive. It is also the one that I save up for future reference because there is always so much in it, from news, to techniques, to random bits of inspiration. The opposite of fluff.
Susie did not ask me to write these words. I like what she does and want you to know about it.
Visit her website, subscribe to her enjoyable newsletter.
Note: photo credit, "Outside the Lines" by Susie Monday - with artist permission