Monday, August 24, 2015

Visions of sugarplums

                                                                                          Illustration by Catherine Barnes

Earlier in the summer, rob mclennan (Ottawa writer and champion of Canadian literature extraordinaire) asked if I would be interested in contributing to his blog series "On Writing." I said I would be delighted. 

It turns out that, for me, writing has a lot to do with the magic of childhood. And collage. And mysticism. And architecture.

You can read the piece here

Friday, May 8, 2015

These days

These days I'm having fun writing a fiction collection that's inspired, in part, by fairy tales. Follow my Instagram account if you're interested in seeing my creative process and what inspires me.

Here's a little typewriter piece, brought to you by [a likeness of] Shakespeare.

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Vintage utopia

Hi there. I'm working on my next book and thinking about utopias. 

Please join me for daily installments on my creative process over on Instagram!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Use of Art

If you watch The Spider, the Mistress and the Tangerine, a documentary about the late artist Louise Bourgeois, you will hear her justification for art. 

This is my sketchy map of her philosophy.

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Word hearts

A few years ago, I made a series of felt word hearts for some family members and friends. I cut, sewed and stuffed them by hand. It was satisfying and meditative. 

Recently, I started thinking about them again and wondered what it would be like to make some paper versions. So, I did. And now they're for sale in my Etsy shop. For you. 

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The mechanics of the journey

I made this collage out of an old, deconstructed bag from the wonderful Courage My Love in Kensington Market. It's full of treasures. Kind of like the journey. 

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kraft paper ghost castle

A bit misty.
A bit ghostly.
A bit like a hologram. 

Artwork and photo © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Kraft pocket castle collage

Made from an old paper bag, the handy thing about this castle collage is that it also functions as a pocket for storing whatnots. There's also the back, on which I had jotted random notes at some point. Wife vs. secretary, indeed. 

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Saturday, March 1, 2014

One perfect day

we woke up in England.
The sun was shining. 
We had slept under pink and lace
and the room smelled of flowers.
Gorgeousness stretched out before us. 
There was nothing important to do
and so we wandered.
Places with toast and tea and old wallpapers. 
Places with books.
Places with wind.
Places with water.
Places where we could lie down and breathe sheltered air.
Later, when night had dropped its indigo velvets
we revelled under the cascade of stars
in all that we had allowed
to be.

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Monday, February 24, 2014

Secret book page with ghosts


This is a secret page from a secret book. 

I like the way it scanned: with fuzziness, shadows, binding creases, and suggestions of ghosts. 

I like the idea of accidental perfection, of wabi sabi (flawed beauty), of things being right exactly as they are.  

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Boxwood bunny thinks Rococo thoughts

"When you start to think of the arts as not this thing that is going to get you somewhere in terms of becoming an artist or becoming famous or whatever it is that people do, but rather a way of making being in the world not just bearable, but fascinating, then it starts to get interesting again ." ~ Lynda Barry  

Artwork © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The unfinished thing

 Image © copyright Susannah M. Smith
[altered text from Surface magazine, Issue 103, November 2013]

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Accidental collection

Entirely of its own accord, this collection assembled itself on my kitchen table last week. 


  • Two fairy tale anthologies
  • Three fashion magazines, aka elaborate aesthetic fantasies 
  • A copy of Great Women Collectors 
  • Pink Chinese brocade eyeglasses case
  • Moleskine weekly planner
  • 1937 British coronation cake platter
  • Hand-made doily embellished with the word "CAKE" 
  • Lavender love posy and paper heart fastened with twine
  • Vintage Alka Seltzer jar containing deconstructed lavender glitter love letter
  • Pair of vintage driving gloves and antique jewelry formerly belonging to a friend's stylish grandmother
  • Raven Girlgraphic novel/illustrated fairy tale by Audrey Niffenegger

Photograph © copyright Susannah M. Smith

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hello you beautiful creatures

Did you know that Vancouver has its own natural history museum?
The Beaty Biodiversity Museum opened in 2010. 
One day I visited and took some photos...

Photographs © copyright Susannah M. Smith