Susan Purney Mark


Unlock Your Artistic Potential

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Mentoring Emerging Artists
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MEDIUM: Mixed Media | Quilting | Textiles
SPECIALTY: ✔ Technique

As an artist and creative, I am a seeker of possibilities, my art practise adds passion, excitement, wonderment and yes, sometimes frustration and discouragement to my life. And in a world that makes so many demands on our daily lives, it can be challenging to carve out those blocks of time to make the art that makes me whole. My practise is based on sound business models of time blocking, prioritizing and studio organization and I encourage my students to spend time building on these skills.

Through fostering a sense of community within a small group setting, we can inspire and support each other in dedicating their focused time to exploring innovative pathways in our art. By posing essential questions and refining our visions collaboratively, we strive to create the best art possible in each moment. I believe that together we are always stronger and my skills in leadership can will support both the individual and the community.

With my expertise in textiles and surface design, I can offer insights into novel approaches to incorporating pattern, texture, and color not only in fabrics but also in other substrates. Past participants in my mentorship programs have formed enduring connections, continuing to meet long after the program concludes—a testament to the strength of our community.

Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe


Listed below are this Mentor’s specialty skills. Join this group if you want to grow in these areas.

Specialty: ✔ Technique



Extensive experience in textile surface design techniques such as dyeing, screen printing, batik, printing on fabrics and other substrate with a variety of tools and products


Studio Setup for Art Production


Teaching How To Self Critique


Technique Demos


Supplies and tools – what to use, where to save, and where to spend



Shows & Exhibits


Artist Statement & CV


Social Media



Running Your Art Business the Day-to-Day


Studio Time Management

“Mastrius is a perfect balance of accountability, community and fun.
It feels like family. Family that makes you a better you.”

~ Elizabeth, Emerging Artist


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Artwork by Michaela Hoppe
Artwork by Michaela Hoppe

An award winning textile and surface design artist, I live and work on Pender Island BC, the traditional lands of the W̱SÁNEĆ and Tsawout  peoples.

Excited by applying layers of dyes and paints to achieve interesting pattern and texture to the surface of fabric, I have been creating both contemporary wall and dimensional work since the early 1990’s. Rooted in my family’s needlework traditions, my creations have evolved from functional to pioneering, embodying experimentation, exploration, and experiential processes.

Currently, my focus has involved mark making, text and narrative within a controlled colour palette, a movement towards abstraction with layers of cloth and paper including recycled and “found” surfaces. I often create layers of paint and dyes into my pieces and am also exploring dimensional body/vessel shapes as a feminine form.

My work is an extension of my thought processes, both tactile and illusory, necessary to my wellbeing as much as the desire to be creative.


  • City and Guilds, London UK
    • Embroidery & Design 1987
  • Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre, LaConnor WA
    • Textile Design 2007
    • Art & Design Level 3, 2010
    • Numerous workshops and study time with international textile artists

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