Hello, I’m Susan. I am an artist, author, educator and TedX speaker based in Woking, Surrey in the UK. I am so glad you have joined me here to find out more about my journey into being a creative mumpreneur (mum and entrepreneur!) There’s plenty of info on this page about who I am, what type of art I like to create and what courses, books and memberships I have available.
Oh and if you would like to you can also take a tour of my home studio.
Stay creative everyone!
Staying inspired is one of the foundations of living a creative life… and a creative life brings me so much joy! This guide shows you the things I do personally to tend to my creativity on a regular basis, sparking ideas, getting me out of artistic blocks and increasing my artistic output.
One of my firm beliefs is that everyone is inherently creative and deserves the opportunity to explore creativity. Creativity in whatever form it takes (sketching, writing, designing, crafting, cooking, painting, sewing) just has so many wonderful benefits to the mind, body and soul and I am passionate about sharing this belief and encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to explore and develop a creative mindset and creative activities. This theme runs through everything I create and share here at ‘Team Susan’. From sketchbook challenges, to books, to my Instagram feedback, my Inspire Creative membership and **NEW** Creativity Talks Podcast I am here to inspire everyone I can to get creative.
First and foremost I am an artist and creative. I studied Fine Art, Printmaking at Loughborough University and have continued to print, draw, paint, sew and create stuff throughout my career. I focus mainly on linocutting and block printing in my artwork and you will find a selection of original prints and handprinted products such as sketchbooks in my webshop. I am inspired by everything around me but especially nature, pattern and bold colours. You can see more of my work in my portfolio.
In December 2019 I delivered a TEDx talk at WWF's Living Planet Centre here in Woking entitled 'Create Your Mandala Universe – Collaborate for a Beautiful Life'. This talk is all about collaboration and connection for mums in business and also includes some of my mandala drawings. See the video on the TEDx YouTube channel below or View on YouTube.
I have written five different art and craft books. Two have been Amazon no. 1 bestsellers – Learning Linocut (2011) and Beginner’s Guide to Linocut (2018, Search Press). I love writing and have a new book due to be published in 2022.
As well as creating my own art I love educating and sharing my knowledge. This is in fact one of my big passions – cultivating creativity in others.
I have a number of short online courses tutoring beginners to sketching and printmaking. These include Block Printing for Beginners, Linocut Masterclass - Handprinted Greetings Cards, Exploring Colour, Sketching for Fun, Learning Linocut and Build a Daily Sketching Habit.
In June 2020 I also started my creative sketchbook membership called Inspire. This is a monthly group where I provide tutorials, inspiration, creative mindset talks, artist interviews and projects on a monthly basis. Registration for membership only opens three times per year.
In 2018 I launched the annual 30 Day Sketchbook Challenge which begins on 01 January each year. The challenge is a commitment to draw in your sketchbook for 30 days in a row based upon sketching prompts that I provide. Thousands of people from across the globe join in with the aim of boosting their creativity and joining this fun creative community. The next challenge begins on 01 January 2022.
Thank you for reading and taking the time to get to know me better. If you would like to you can take a tour of my home studio.
Artist, Author and Creative Entrepreneur