Hello, I'm Susa!
Loyal Lillestoff customers have known me for a while, but I'd like to introduce myself again ? I was born in 1969 and live in Mainz with my husband, son, and cats. After graduating from high school, I attended a fashion design school here many years ago and then studied illustration (and communication design). After graduating, I worked as a freelance book illustrator for a long time. I illustrated a lot of school books and later also some creative books. In parallel, I was able to really "let off steam" under my own label "SUSAlabim", which I launched in 2005. As SUSAlabim I make the things that "just have to come out", unique figures, Klemmerle, unique pictures, fabric designs and much more... this is my playground and my dream job!
"Something with creativity" has always been mine... I have been painting, crafting, sewing since I was a child. We always had cupboards full of material and were never slowed down!
I am a hunter-gatherer and have large stocks of all kinds of materials for all kinds of techniques, my studio under the roof is large and yet bursting at the seams... but I need this "being able to draw from the full" for the creative process. Many ideas come to me or arise from something completely different. I let myself drift and usually work intuitively rather than planned, I almost always have my sketchbook with me and sometimes ideas from it only end up on a fabric years later. But sometimes it happens very quickly and a design that I showed on Instagram under #livevondercouch is already printed for you weeks later... Even with the school books, it was always said that you could recognise my illustration style and many of you always know right away which design is from SUSAlabim, even though my style has changed and developed over the years.
I like to hide little stories in my pictures and even if it's "just" fabric, I treat a fabric design like a story... I want to trigger feelings in the people looking at it and encourage them to discover, so I'm always particularly happy when little things catch your eye. Of course, this applies mainly to my children's fabrics, which are very close to my heart. My favourite themes are hidden object pictures, children with "hairy friends", pixies, elves, fairy tales and dream worlds... and that's exactly what I invite you to do! Discover the SUSAlabim dream worlds and join me on a creative journey! Create your own unique creative pieces from fabrics that are good for you and that bring you joy! Try it out, let off steam, there is no right or wrong and that is exactly what is so valuable about this wonderful hobby!
All the best, Susa
Hello, I'm Susa! Loyal Lillestoff customers have known me for a while, but I'd like to introduce myself again ? I was born in 1969 and live in Mainz with my husband, son, and cats. After...
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