Susannah Raine-Haddad is a Richmond-based artist who brings her colorful magic to everything she creates. When she is not busy being a mama to two boys, she is knee deep in paint, ribbon, paper, and bits and pieces of ephemera. We are very excited to welcome her to her first Handmade Market!
How did you come up with your business name? My business was named for my grandmother, ZouZou. When helping to clean out her basement, my mother and I found hundreds of terra cotta flower pots. My mom begged me to take some to get rid of them. So I took some and ended up painting on them. I gave a few as gifts, then was commissioned to paint some for other people, and my business was born. My concentration now is on paper and paintings, and quite often, paintings with paper on them.
Tell us about your newest style, design, or creation. My bright animal collages have been really popular. I’ve learned that we ALL relate to animals, and almost everyone has a favorite. I do paintings of animals, usually closeups of their faces, and then I enhance the painting with various patterned papers to add texture and visual interest. Most often, the cheery colors are not realistic to the animal. I sell original collages, limited edition prints, and notecards of some of the animals.
Are there any new skills or techniques that you’d like to learn? How might this new craft fit with your current methods? I also make collages with old photographs (inherited from my OTHER grandmother), and I am working on some photo transfer techniques. I like when the photos are transparent and blend in to the painting. I am also interested in wax and encaustic but that’s another whole can of worms I’m not sure I’m ready to open.
Is there a new item that you’d like to share? A circus elephant on a ball!
Which artists are you most excited to see at The Handmade Market? Nicole Lee Designs look really cool, as well as Off The Map. And even though Casey Freeman is also from Richmond, I haven’t seen her pottery before!
What was your first concert? My first concert, way way back, was The Police in Greensboro. I was a sophomore in high school and my parents let me drive with three others, about an hour and a half away.
However, when I was about 8, I was with my mom and brother on a little shopping trip in Eden, NC, and there was a concert nearby and the musicians were staying in our hotel (probably a Holiday Inn) — The Jackson 5, with Wild Cherry. My brother and I got Jermaine’s and Tito’s (?) autographs, but not Michael’s.
What’s your favorite Halloween costume and memory? Costume: Medusa — I had on this long, black halter dress with metal snakes I made woven in my hair. Memory: I think I was three-ish and the neighborhood did a mini haunted house. I was a bit nervous going through but my dad was at the end, dressed as a ghost, giving all the kids candy.
Please give Susannah a warm Raleigh welcome by stopping by to see her on November 8 at The Handmade Market. We promise you will love everything she brings with her. We’re not-so-secretly hoping she brings some prints of her exquisite Orangey Donkey original.Share this: