Turning on Spring from the inside

I can’t wait….

So it seems, the season Spring has come into my studio, it helps with the quiet atmosphere of my world. Renewal –  Hope  – Life – it’s coming.

When I started the project of lino carvings with marbled fabric I didn’t have a full sense as to what I was going to do with the pieces that I had so much fun creating. These pieces hanging from my windows are prayer flags, the morning light seems to give them purpose and the prayers added to them will bring peace and joy into my work area.

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Remember last week when I wrote Flowers are Sunshine on a cloudy day ? One act of kindness inspires in more ways than one, below is a lino carving of one of the flowers printed onto the marbled fabric.

The flower arrangement has since been moved to the compost but the little container the flowers came in has a new purpose, stay tuned for next weeks blog.


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Flowers are Sunshine on a cloudy day

Last week, my friend Sarah surprised me with a lovely flower arrangement from her favourite florist. This Yellow arrangement became the centre of attention in my art studio over the grey, snowy weekend here in Calgary.

I made a few new lino carvings from the yellow inspiration and brought out a few old snowflake lino blocks to enhance; adding a few new carved lines. Along with my marbling station I created in the kitchen, I had a creative weekend. The marbled fabric is the backdrop to the carved lino blocks.

Soon, I will be combining the two mediums celebrating Spring, a season of; hope and renewal.

yellow flowers



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Spring is here……

well almost.

I am preparing for a few exhibitions and these deadlines always stimulate my creativity. I have created a few new linocut birds and I’m marbling fabric, both of these mediums and materials will be used together for the April exhibitions and possibly for other projects.

The longer daylight hours helps with the early morning creativity, and the new technique of marbling fabric always encourages more practice. Though one can never make a mistake with marbling the play or practice is FUN.

more to come….

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I didn’t realize how much I love to collect, until I met my new friend Llewellyn the star of a beautiful book by Deborah Marcero, titled “IN A JAR”.


Llewellyn goes for walks and collects beautiful pieces of nature, he keeps his treasures in jars. His imagination is inspiring, I love how Mercero has captured the simplicity and value in what we see and feel on a daily nature walk.

At first I just enjoyed the illustrations and the story, it wasn’t until the next day when I was telling a friend about this lovely book, I realized how I really felt. I too, collect on my daily walks, you can say that I see and feel what nature has to offer me, yet it’s the out of place things that I seem to take home with me.


My collection jar is by my back door, when Charlie and I return from our walks we usually have something to add to the jar. Friends have given me little things that seem to be the right size, with colour and character that make the “growing art piece” work.

Every once in awhile I’ll pour the jar out onto a tray and sift through the treasure and sort out the money (yes, I find coins) and often find a use for a few things. It’s great when kids come to visit and spot something interesting, “My Jar” is a conversation piece with little stories in it.

Llewellyn and I collect some of the same things, sometimes mine are in jars, like my wood or plastic bird eggs, I also have a growing bouquet of feathers, and a small display of heart shaped keepsakes. Hmmm, now what to do with the tiny jars I’ve collected?.

Thank you Deborah Marcero for creating this beautiful story that ignites the imagination in all of us, “IN A JAR” is a keepsake all its own.

.Deborah Mercero

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Guest Interview: Susan Fae, Artist, Part Four — Sue Todd Illustration

Question Number 4: Women have historically expressed their creativity through the domestic arts. Is there a feminist motivation to your use of textiles as a medium or does it connect you to our sisters from the past? Susan Fae: This thought provoking question is a delight to answer, I have so many women to thank […]

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Guest interview; Sue Todd Illustrator – IV

Sue Todd Illustrator – Part IV of IV

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Hey! Congratulations Sue Todd, you’ve been noticed as one of the

20 exciting illustrators to follow in 2020

Q/SF           It has been wonderful getting to know you Sue, you have many interests that show up in your art, illustrations. What’s up next for you? Now that you’ve been noticed as one of the exciting illustrators to follow in 2020, would you mind sharing what you have going on in your studio?

A/SF           I’m working on writing and illustrating my own books and have four in various stages of development, from picture books to a graphic novel. It is a long journey and picture books are not easy to write. They look deceptively simple but it is that very simplicity which requires each word to be perfect.  The kidlit community is welcoming and generous and I have learned much from my colleagues and from two organizations to which I belong: SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and CANSCAIP (Canadian Society of Children’s Authors Illustrators and Performers). Critique partners are essential and I have taken several courses and workshops on writing for children. My stories are not yet ready for prime time but here is a piece of final art from my graphic novel about Josephine Bonaparte, (seen in the featured Image).

Thank you very much Sue for sharing your story, it is a pleasure to know you and I’m looking forward to staying in touch.
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Guest Interview: Susan Fae, Artist, Part Three of Four — Sue Todd Illustration

Question Number 3: Your textile bird sculptures are wonderfully naïve, yet they represent the subject quite accurately through expression, texture and colour. Each bird has a character of its own and I am curious about your process. How do you capture the essence of bird using fabric, needle and thread? Birds are a joy, they […]

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Guest interview; Sue Todd, Illustrator

Connecting with Sue Todd                        Part III of IV

Q/SF             I love your idea of creating a combination of hand cut lino with a digitised colour. Is there something artists should consider when making art for fun, or combining art techniques and then adding a little surprise to it? 

A/Sue Todd

My linocut technique evolved from a creative exploration that became a passion and then a career. What I love about printmaking is the possibility of happy accidents, the fact that it is not precise, and that there will be flaws as with any hand-crafted media. Years of experience have reduced the accident factor but I still  enjoy the act of peeling the paper from the inked linoleum. Although I have a good idea of how the image will appear there is still a rush when revealing the printed piece. I used to hand-colour my prints with markers, the only medium that would not bleed with my water based inks, but oh, was that toxic and unpredictable. I would often wind up colouring an illustration more than once, so you will never hear me complain about digital colour. I think there are potential surprises with every medium including digital and that’s what makes making art exciting.

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I feel privileged to have Sue Todd’s art  on my walls, it brings a lot of joy to my home. This bright print on canvas “”Lift Every Voice,” an illustration depicting the African American poem. Full page, Cricket magazine, is one of my favourite.lifteveryvoice_orig



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Guest Interview: Susan Fae, Artist, Part Two of Four

Thank you Sue Todd, this is a wonderful experience getting to know myself and you. Looking forward to the next 2 questions.

Sue Todd Illustration

Question Number 2:

How does your love of nature and animals inform your art? Does your work with airport therapy dogs influence your creative expression, and could you tell us a little about it?

Chinook Arch in Calgary by Susan Fae

Hoar Frost by Susan Fae

I believe that my surroundings influence my art; living in a beautiful landscape with wildlife and having my pets part of my personal space, supports my purpose for creating. And, yes Charlie is a nice tactile work of art if I do say so myself, though the airport houses a lot of fabulous art and architecture influencing my own art making as well.

Charlie, and all the airport therapy dogs comfort so many travelers and staff, it’s a true break from the stress of flying or the departure delays & cancellations. It is amazing how open and expressive people are with the dogs; they…

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Guest Interview: Sue Todd, Illustrator

Part II of IV

An interview with Sue Todd, Illustrator

Q/SF          Sue Todd, you have illustrated for publishers and writers, even for Spin Master Games!, are there times when you make art just for yourself? If so when do you know when its time to share your creation? and is it a feeling or a critique process that lets you know when you’re work is finished?

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A/SF           I think it all comes down to one feeling – passion! When something resonates with me for whatever reason, I will get charged up and excited and feel the need to express it somehow, whether as an image or an illustrated story. I often rely on critiques from colleagues and industry professionals before putting a story out there. On the other hand, one must be courageous and confident in one’s creation. I love tarot cards and one card that I relate to in this context is the Fool. In traditional tarot, the Fool is about to step off a cliff, to take a leap of faith in hopes that the journey he is beginning will be fruitful. I walk that tightrope between taking a chance on a new idea or work and an innate desire for perfection which is ever unattainable. In a recent writing class, I learned about “killing your darlings,” that is, letting go of ideas or words to which we become attached to the overall detriment of the story.  It is difficult to be objective about our work, to know when to release it to the world or let it die a natural death, and that is where friends and colleagues can be indispensable. But ultimately it is up to you to make the final determination and to remain true to your vision.


Another interview you may like to read about Sue Todd is Bookworm and Illustrator by Aimee Reid,

Here is Sue Todd’s shop, her wearable art is fabulous, Redbubble shop.

“Hire an Illustrator” here is Sue Todd’s profile and Tarot Card Images.

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