What is the best thing that I love about my work? The best thing about my creative work is that it has enabled me to travel all over the world. Exploring new cities and cultures. I think if I had taken a different path I would not have had these wonderful experiences. So I am grateful for being able to do what I do.
What is my idea of perfect happiness? Painting or drawing in my studio listening to music or podcast and just being in total creative flow.
What is my greatest fear? I value good health. My greatest fear would be not being healthy and unable to do the things I love doing.
What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? I am in general a very happy optimistic person and my philosophy is to create art that makes people feel happy. Like all of us I have my spells of feeling down , going to a dark place and no motivation. Which I feel can be a waste of time but we are all human. It is just part of life.
Which living persons in my profession do i most admire? I really admire the artist Lisa Congdon. An artist who has used her creativity for good. She has such a motivating message for artist and people of any age to take the courage follow their creative work. I love her artwork and books too.
What is my greatest extravagance? I ama person who lives simple life but I think it is a luxury to travel and experience new places so I guess when I can I love to travel.
On what occasion would I lie? I am a pretty awful liar so I don’t get away with lying. I would tell a white lie not to hurt someones feelings. Lying is not a thing that makes me feel good inside.
What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? I guess the worst thing is the inconsistency. I can have periods of intense project work sometimes weeks of quietness. My client projects are like London buses they come all at once and then don’t appear for ages.
If I could, what would I change about myself? I wish I was a more confident go getting type of personality. I enjoy the company of people but I am very shy and introverted. So if I could up my confidence with reaching out to people with my work that would be something I would change about myself.
What is my greatest achievement in work? For a few years I had a handbag company and sold my bags around the world. I got up to 35 stockist included selling in the top department stores in Tokyo. When I visit one of the stores in Tokyo it was so lovely to see customer pick one of my bags and smile. I was working all on my own and built up my business from scratch watched things grow from a tiny seed of an idea. It just felt very satisfying to get that far.
Where would I most like to live? I currently live in Sweden. But I have lived in three beautiful cities Edinburgh, Sydney, London but I think my dream place would be Copenhagen. I often visit my family there. The city makes me feel happy as it reminds me childhood holidays. A calm and beautiful place. I love being by the sea.
What is my most treasured possession? I don’t own a lot of valuable things or a person who is attached to possessions. I value good friendships and relationships more. However I guess I would choose my iMac it is my companion through out the day and entertains me. It helps make my living and my creative process. It is my connection to the outside world now I live in a small town.
What is my most marked characteristic? I guess people think of me as a kind person. I am open to people and see them from the inside. I am the kind of person total strangers will open up and tell them their secrets or worries. I also try to be the best I can. I bit of perfectionist so maybe not such a good trait.
What is my most inspirational location, in my city? I now live in a small town in Sweden called Älmhult so you can explore beautiful lakes and forests. I lived in London before that. I moved to London in my early twenties and consider myself a Londoner as I spent most of my adult life there. So I recommended my old neighbourhood for a walk along the canal, Another great place is Bricklane and the Columbia flower market. Great for atmosphere, watching people go by ,eating and shopping.Also you can’t forget all the amazing art galleries and museum and most of them are free.
What is my favourite place to eat and drink, in my city? In London I love the Kulu Kulu Shushi restaurant on Brewer Street in London Soho. A tiny place that reminds me of little restaurants in Tokyo and you feel you are in Tokyo not London. I love Shushi.
What books influenced my life and how? I have a confession to make I am a self-help book junkie. Maybe I don’t always act on the advice they give. But they do give me motivation to look at life in another way. I would choose The artist’s way by Julia Cameron It not just about creativity but taking good care of yourself so you can be the best artist you can be and live creatively.
Who are my favorite writers? I tend to read more self help / motivational life books than fiction books. So it is hard to say who my favourite writer is so I can’t pick one in particular just now.
You Only Die Once. What music would I listen on my last day? This is an old album Moon Safari by Air. It reminds me of a time I was in a happy place and met my husband and he said this album reminds him of me. I love electronic and dance music. So I would definitely have a good dance before I die.
Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? I am fan of science fiction and super hero movies. Have too say I don’t have a particular favourite hero or heroine but some super hero powers would be nice to possess.
Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? Iris Apfel and her love and passion for life.
Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? IRIS This is a documentary about the fashion icon, Iris Apfel. I think it inspiring to see someone so passionate about leading a creative life and not giving up because of age and she just keeps going . I think the movie has an inspiring message. Iris reminds me of my great aunt who was a talented artist and surrounded herself with beautiful things. She loved dressing up continued doing this well into her nineties.
What role plays art in my life and work? Art has always been an important anchor in my life. I grew up as an only child. I would spend hours in my room making and drawing things. Creating art makes me fee calm and centred. If I don’t create something for a few days I just feel uncomfortable and not myself. I could not imagine a life without art.
Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? I have to say my partner in life my husband Jarrod. He has always supported me in my creative work and cheered me on.
Whom would I like to work with in 2019? Well I do have a few dream clients on my list. One would be the Dutch magazine Flow and their creative books so I think creating work for one of their publications would be a great experience. I also love Red Cap cards so designing a range for them would also be amazing too.
Which people in my profession would i love to meet in 2019? I love the world of instagram so I guess I would love to meet a few of the people I follow. Maybe I would like to meet textile designer and illustrator Jane Foster I just feel we would have nice chat over a cup of tea.
What project, in 2019, am I looking forward to work on? Like I say client projects are like London buses unpredictable. I just finished a project with trend company who secretly was on my dream client list. So working on that project was great. I am working on my own project to make my pattern designs more accessible for clients to buy my patterns directly for me so I am working on that in between client work.
Where can you see me or my work in 2019?
Visit my website www.sussecollection.com and my instagram @Sussecollection for more up to date creative goings on in my studio and life.
What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? Passion is that thing that gets you out if bed in the mornings. The thing you love to do no matter what obstacle life that throws in front of you Without passion you would end up in bed and never wake up.
Which creative heroines should Peter invite to tell their story? I recommend Janine Vangool who is the editor and publisher of Uppercase Magazine . A passionate supporter of the creative community and publishes the most beautiful books and magazines to inspire and tell the story of creatives from all over the world.
How can you contact me? You can say hello through my contact page on my website www.sussecollection.com
Here follows a message from Peter de Kuster, founder of The Heroine’s Journey
The Heroine’s Journey Conference – Paris
4th, 5th, 6th October 2019
What does it take to change a life? Many of us start by getting away – seeking out a place we have never been before, somewhere far away, with a fresh climate and an unexplored horizon – in the hope that a change of environment might lead to a change of perspective. Though diverting, our journeys are often fleeting, all too brief. We return to our regular routines – the same bad habits, the same implacable problems – and remain, at our core, unfulfilled.
Ten years ago, The Heroine’s Journey was set up to help people to answer some of the larger questions of their lives – questions about their careers, their purpose, their state of mind, and, most importantly, who they are as people. In 2016, we gathered together all that we had learned to create our first ever Conference – a condensation of the best of our wisdom and teaching into a highly exclusive, uniquely transformative three-day experience. Hosted twice a year in different cities across the globe, The Heroine’s Journey Conference offers delegates a chance to discover a new city, meet like-minded strangers, and embark on a journey of genuine self-discovery and self-transformation.
VenueHotel Lutetia Paris
What to Expect
Over three days, The Heroine’s Journey Conference aims to provide us with a comprehensive personal storytelling education. It starts – as all journeys of self-improvement must – with the search for self-knowledge: how lasting change can only arise from a thorough understanding of our own minds. It addresses, in turn, our work, love and social lives: showing us the mistakes we commonly make, and the ways we can move past these to find pleasure and purpose in everything we do. It teaches us vital emotional skills, like confidence and calm, required to experience the world with patience and joy. It shows us the lessons we can draw from culture – from literature, art, philosophy, and architecture. Finally, it tries to answer the largest question of all – how to find meaning and lasting happiness in every area of our lives.
Our conference is both designed and led by The Heroine’s Journey founder, Peter de Kuster – renowned expert in storytelling with a proven record in helping people across the world to understand themselves and find fulfilment. It compiles material from our entire curriculum – our core classes, one-day festivals, and five-day schools – to create a programme of the very best teaching we have to offer.
The Conference is not simply a series of lectures, or a passive presentation. Rather, it is a communal, multifaceted, interactive experience. It uses not only speech but films, music, and visual prompts to engage us with its concepts and message. Delegates are regularly invited to participate in exercises and demonstrations, and to share and seek advice for their own unique experiences.
Above all, the Conference is a social occasion – a place for thoughtful people from across the world to come together, share perspectives and ideas, and forge lasting connections with others. Specially designed conversational prompts, as well as morning and evening social activities, are used to encourage delegates to meet and relate. Many come away having made lifelong friendships – and sometimes even more.
Day 1 Friday Afternoon – Storytelling Education, Self-Knowledge, Self Promotion
Day 2 Saturday Morning – Relationships: Travel from interesting person to interesting person. Marketing for the Introverted.
Day 2 Saturday Afternoon – Work, Creative Confidence, Failure
Day 3 Sunday Morning – Story, Flow, Meaning, Happiness
The Conference, led by The Heroine’s Journey founder Peter de Kuster together with leading storytellers .
Who Should Attend The Heroine’s Journey Conference
The Heroine’s Journey Conference is ideal for those looking for an in-depth storytelling experience that covers the four main areas of our creative lives; Passion, Self Promotion, Money and Time Management.
What you can expect:
- A rich programme drawing from the key insights across our core curriculum
- A learning experience combining lectures, films, music, storytelling exercises and continuous audience participation
- Three-days of engaging content written and led by storyteller Peter de Kuster
- Daily educational programme and curated morning and evening social activities
- An opportunity to make new friends in a community of like-minded individua
More about The Heroine’s Journey Conference Paris:
Though accommodation is not provided, the ticket includes lunch on the Saturday, a drinks reception on the Friday, and snacks and refreshments throughout the weekend.