tea & buscuits with @artsdesireable #MemberSpotlight Maxwell & Susan #etsyevolution


m8Sometimes the voices climb to a fevered pitch and suddenly run along the sky together – entwine in harmony – as are the artistic voices of the husband & wife team Maxwell & Susan at artsdesireable on etsy. Nothing surreal here.  Just magic.

This is a #MemberSpotlight of our first place winner of our recent #etsyevolution group contest.  The pink themed Polyvore set was described as: “… an introduction of an interesting philosophy & the portrait/illustration of it has an intensity and fragmentation I very much love.” @alodo

“I have forced myself to contradict myself…… Created by artsdesireable

In their own words …

I am Maxwell’s wife Susan (Zulu name Ukwezi) I did the treasuries on Etsy and now do the sets on Polyvore.

I discovered Polyvore through my Etsy ‘Flashmob’ Team….who are here going strong.
I am now addicted to doing sets and the creative freedom it allows me. Maxwell says it’s worse than when I did treasuries on Etsy!

We recently moved from the UK to South Africa my home country, we now live just outside Cape Town.


“Tin roof, tin walls – sun and clouds. Township Collage”

Maxwell and I love living here in this exciting vibrant city (called by the locals The Mother City) where colour, life and art are foremost and of course the weather is warm the landscape amazingly diverse. The people are smiling and happy, despite poverty and corruption in the government.

[Photo] Cape Town. Table Mountain looms above.
Maxwell is the artist still paints, draws takes photographs and works on his collage art. He is very inspired by SA.

I promote our shop. I am an Art Director, graphic designer and typographer, I worked in London on top fashion magazines as an Art Director. My hobby as such is making appliqué quilts and wallhangings.

Our shop, artsdesireable covers all Maxwell’s art from collage, drawing, painting to photography. He is a man of many talents and is also a creative writer, and of course fun to live with!


  ‘Behind every Sky gate there’s a Secret Garden’

I [Susan] suppose my style is eclectic…..sometimes it’s very clearly graphic and others loose and free. I am a voracious reader, so this was how quotes which inspired me crept into my Etsy treasuries and now sets. I think they add another dimension to the visual. My wall hangings and quilts are totally different from Maxwells’ work. My appliqué is figurative and rather simple.

Textile Magic Created by Susan of artsdesireable

We both love art and have a good collection of African art and photography, some English art too. A Hockney etching from his Grimmes Fairy Tales and some Peter Blake drawings.

Robert Rauschenberg is Maxwell’s hero and he finds his work inspirational. He made a documentary film on Rauschenberg for BBC Arena a good few years ago and interviewed Bob at his home in Captiva. Max loves artist Paul Nash, the surrealists and new young South African artists known as ‘Born Frees’ because they were born after 1994 when SA became free from Apartheid. [ed]

Maxwell had also interviewed Louise Bourgeois in NY, Peter Clarke and George Hallet (SA) and many others for art magazines.


‘Stream Pebbles’

Maxwell is a surrealist at heart. Sabonga, Susan





walkies by seasidecollectibles featuring stuff to do in lace up boots

a little paradise



LaughingNabaa #MemberSpotlight @alodo #etsyevolution

It is the journey that you travel where we find inspiration and we then can shed a guiding light on our own path of growth.

@alodo. art and expression by pj
@alodo. an art & expression collage by pj

In her own words.

My name is Anna. I have brown eyes and am shy. I digest life very literally but have a good-sized sparkle too. I can be forgetful about content (conversations, books, movies, facts, pop-culture), but remember emotions.

I like to watch and digest and practice before I try something. I feel connected to trees and plants and I love animals, especially cats. I love love love to play soccer.


I lived in France and Ivory Coast as a child, and across the US as a young adult, and finally settled with my man and eventually our son in Hawaii.

My art has been generally accidental, so I’m not feeling super proud of anything on deviant art, but that’s okay. I’ll answer some of these questions and see how it goes!

milli by Alodo-9
milli by Alodo-9

These years, since my son was born (he just turned 7), I’ve been mostly freelancing, mostly copyediting, some personal organization, some small business administration work.

I very much prefer to work for myself. And since he started school and I’ve had some time to be, I’ve turned back to art.

This started with treasuries on Etsy and has moved to sets on Polyvore (which I discovered through Etsy friends when the site vanished the treasuries).

I have always loved curating and apparently I also love digital collage-making. And now, finally, I’m beginning to go back and back to one of my first loves, drawing. Just stepping out onto that road but I’m excited and ready.

sketchbook: sad by Alodo-9
sketchbook: sad by Alodo-9

I like to research. I read a lot [ed] about things not taught in schools or painted by the media – subjects such as [ed] parenting, respect, gentleness, joy and connection.

I’ve read a lot these days about what a friend time can be with a little persistence, the Tao Te Ching is pretty “spot on” – right? 😀

What are your personal aspirations/goals?
Goals? Always to become a better being. To be as comfortable on my hands as on my feet. To become more graceful and light-footed in soccer with every game. To live in joy and connection with those I care about.

To feel peace, grounding, flow, acceptance wherever whenever. To follow this art road wherever it leads. To continue to live healthily and vibrantly and abundantly…

How has Polyvore affected your life? How did you find Polyvore?
Polyvore (found thru etsy) has been a place of meditation, inspiration, and a practice in balance for me these days.

On the Polyvore site, I enjoy the different contests. I often try to create something that is positive and/or relevant at the time, or something original, or something new to me. I appreciate the comments, loves, sharing, and collections of beautiful art, especially the connection with others.


Tell us about your art & inspiration for the creations ~ @alodo
I search for a less-processed beauty, something primitive (an aesthetic from African or island art), something deep maybe that cuts through, a contrast between, something that isn’t this or that.

I haven’t really worked toward anything in my artistic life yet, not since I was maybe 10. My art to date has mostly been a hope that something accidentally relevant or good will come of me sitting down with paint or charcoal or pen. I’m just starting on the journey of intention. So, cheers to it all :D!

Who is your favorite artist? Hayao Miyazaki


What do you like about Hayao Miyazaki?
His work portrays an incredible lightness of being complemented by a non-vilified darkness of being; good and bad/light and shadow grow and fade together, dance together. His heroes are incredibly courageous, vulnerable, alive, full of life and grit, wise, sweet. His work is incredibly deep and compassionate.

What is your favorite type of art?
Art that resonates with me at the moment, which changes all the time. Asemic writing has caught my eye lately, and other kinds of bold/primitive form/line abstract art.

Thank you, Anna.  pj

Hop Hop Hop


Yellow Funny Bunny Holiday Animiddle Kiddles 3635
Little Kiddles Doll Mattel Vintage 1960s Pink Hair Blue Eyes Yellow Bunny Rabbit Suit

24 / 7 Romance


little bird

little bird by seasidecollectibles featuring gifts for her.
Featuring etsy shops:
Dark Grey Melange Chunky Wool Hand Knitted Blanket Throw at NataHomeandFashion
Vintage Iron Arts Co Cast Iron Rococo Style Photo Frame at lakesidecottage
Wedgwood Hathaway Rose Fine Bone China Creamer at PlumsandHoney
 Matisse Copper Collar Necklace at GracesVintageGarden
Rare 1910 Alice in Wonderland at seasidecollectibles