What does mixed media mean to me?
Mixed Media for me is a place where imagination and cherished collected treasures meet. A place to express myself through a thought derived from that magical place of asleep and awake, when ideas seem to burst into a kaleidoscope of possibility. The creative collaboration of being able to use a mixture of paper, paint, glue, metals and a variety of other materials that all seem to come together at once to tell a story. I like to incorporate elements of days gone by into my pieces, combined with a bit of whimsy and fantasy.
I usually end up creating things I would like for myself, and that seems to have an appeal to others.
What kind of music do you like to create to?
I love to create to all classical music mostly, something about the rhythmic sounds of classical music that has such appeal in my art making process. I notice when the song is a softer ballad, my mind is at ease and my art making process flows like the rhythm of the notes. It helps me to forget the world around me and be completely in touch with my thoughts and my work. Whereas a more aggressive ballad can lead to the progression of harder brush strokes or something like sanding and distressing edges.
What inspires you?
I find inspiration in so many places throughout the day. Just observing nature outside my front door can be ever so inspiring, a blooming flower, birds landing on a branch singing their song, the dance of a butterfly across the sky, or a song lyric perhaps playing in the background, or maybe a simple rhyme that I have dancing through my thoughts can be a place of inspiration.
Mostly I gain inspiration from looking at vintage items, old buttons, vintage fabrics and lace, old photos and vintage images that I can magically transform into something new. The old chipped away patina of an automobile left outdoors untouched for decades in a field, rusty car parts, springs and gears believe it or not can be most appealing to me. These things make my mind race with excitement, and the possibility of how can these items of the past could be altered in some way?
Vintage postcards and old paper ephemera advertisements can be a great inspiration for me too. I just love old and beautiful things, it really is a thrill to handle these items that have had such a story to tell, and breathe new life into them. It’s sort of like bringing the past into the present with a twist!
Where can we find you?
About Susan Dietz: I am a self-taught artist, with no formal training, but have always enjoyed creating with my hands and thoroughly enjoy learning new techniques and challenging myself with new media. I have always been a creative soul and love the process of figuring out how to transform the ordinary into the unexpected and extraordinary. I was blessed with my creativity from my parents, my mother was a cartographer “a map maker”, and my father was an upholsterer, so I got a little bit of both. It was no surprise that I would have a love for textiles and Interior Decorating. I went on to pursue a career in Interior Decorating where I obtained my degree, which allows me to assist clients with decorating challenges as well as provide color consultations. I also have a specialty contractor’s license with the Construction Contractors Board.
This past year I have been truly blessed to have been given this gift of taking some “time off” and to be able to step back and really take a good look at who I am, a re-assessment of what’s most important in my life. Having this free time, has allowed me to focus on achieving some of my artistic goals, and I was recently published in Somerset Studios magazine, which has been a dream accomplishment of mine for many years. This past year I have grown immensely in my art world. I created a studio for myself in which I can have everything I need and love at my fingertips. Started a blog in which has helped me grow and spread my wings, and have met some of the most wonderful, kind and like- minded creative people I never knew existed until now. I am truly loving my new creative life, and am thoroughly enjoying this fabulous journey while being thankful each day of the beauty that surrounds me, and for every breath.
When I’m not in the studio creating art, you can find me where I am happiest, perusing my local estate sales, thrift stores and garage sales as I scour through the discarded piles of abandon, to search for treasures to add to my ever-growing collection, and ones that can be purchased at my Etsy shoppe. I can’t wait to see where this journey will take me and what happens next!