Meet Belinda! She is the super talented, powerhouse woman behind all our beautiful Rummage posters and a jack of many, if not all, trades! Her whimsical illustrations are born from her lovely bush base in Northern New South Wales and we love them just as much as we love her.
Can you tell us a little bit about your sweet self? I am a cross-disciplinary folk artist, illustrator and designer inspired by culture and celebration. I produce events that focus on community engagement and cultural development and I teach creative practices to people of all ages. I love to walk with my dog, dance with my son, hatch plans with my partner and take a bath with a good book.
What do you like to do to keep your toes tapping and the neurons in your brain firing? Walk with the dog, play with the kid, feed the guinea pigs, sing to the chickens, tend to the garden, dream the dreams, read the books, dance to music, clean the house, listen to podcasts, overthink things and make stuff!
Is your creative process rigid, fluid, sporadic? And how do you stay in the groove? My crafty way of life is fluid and goes with the flow but my bread n butter creative process is fairly rigid. I respond to briefs in rare solitude or stolen moments.
What are your hopes, dreams and fantasies? It’s a secret.
What’s the best or the worst advice you’ve ever received? ‘It’s not meant to be’ is one of the most dismissive and lazy of perspectives presented to me. Best advice? The revelation that I don’t need to be beautiful and to explore my fast-held beliefs from the aspect of ‘what if I’m wrong?’. But easily my fave is the notion of the path of least resistance, thank you Mr. Sherlock Holmes.
Who would you have over for your ideal dinner party and what would you serve up? Too hard! This is something I think about often. I would like to host a series of dinner parties as social experiments, if I may. They would be themed so we would need to be in fancy dress, of course. I’ll kick it off with a Bauhaus costume party and I would invite Fred Armisen and Bill Hader (I shall consider them as one), Cheryl Strayed and Steve Almond (also considered as one), Jenji Kohan and a good portion of the cast of OITNB, Clementine Ford, my recently passed friend Fluffy, my grandparents, Angel Olsen and Starbuck from Battlestar Gallactica. We would have cheese fondue for dinner and chocolate fondue for desert.
What do you like about working for Suitcase Rummage? It’s meaningful and supports the very industry that I rely upon and believe to better our would; creative, thoughtful and entrepreneurial.
What tips can you share about being aware of your impacts on the world? (Ethical fashion, sustainable living, recycling, composting, etc.) Endeavour to learn the story behind every ‘thing’ we do, every thing we use, every thing we think, make, create and every thing we discard. Add to its story. Give it a
Which artists/thinkers/creatives are you obsessed with at the moment? Clementine Ford, Cheryl Strayed, Esther Perel, Angel Olsen, Agnes Obel.
What are your favourite things to do in your city? I live in the bush, on a hillside and I love when the wind is up and the wedge tails are out.
Where can we find your work? My out of date website or my up to date Instagram. www.belindasuzette.com @belinda_suzette