We had the good fortune of connecting with Denise Sutton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Denise, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Expression, continual learning and appreciation of beauty.

I’ve always had the desire to build my own things. I enjoy the challenge of thinking, learning and understanding the construction to the completion. Inspiration happens during the process and it is important to step back often. Patience for the evolution of the idea/project to become itself is wonderfully mysterious. I love being in the presence of creation-to be wholly there. Love and purpose. Giving a massage/facial, growing a garden, sewing a garment…building a home/community. “To affect the day, that is the highest of arts…”-Thoreau.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
When I started at 22 I was trained in medical massage where I worked in private practice and in tandem with physicians. All the while I worked as a fiber artist: I salvaged vintage fabrics and produced custom dyed and printed fabrics.

My extensive training in massage/anatomy has lead me to pursue facial contouring. Electric modalities add increased benefit to obtaining results. An example would be my silver gloved micro current treatment to sculpt and lift the face.

I create one of a kind home decor (pillows, lamps/lampshades) items. I do a lot of custom projects. Currently working on getting my shop online.

My brand and story coalesce at the challenge of working with someone/something to support its innate beauty. To support the aesthetic growth of the ‘organism’ (person/object).

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Living in Colorado I take folks for hikes/snowshoes near mountain towns. We spend the days really getting to know the town and the trails. Trying all the best local fare. I have a journal that I keep updated and I tend to gravitate towards hot springs and cozy cabins! Many of these communities have a strong local artist presence for us to investigate. I try to purchase only from small business/artists especially for gift giving. I hope that type of gift resonates more for the recipient as well as supports the creator.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First I have to credit my mom Jeannette.The ultimate homemaker-on-a-shoestring-creator. Always sewing us beautifully designed and tailored outfits and crafting with whatever she could find. Many family memories of handcrafting around the dining table! My eldest twin sisters, Linda and Brenda (Living in Virginia). They taught me at a young age where to seek treasures for repurposing and how to rework them into functional art items. To this day we collaborate on many projects. I thank my loving husband Pat for his support and devotion. I also read about other artists who I credit for guidance. “The boundary between ordinary and extraordinary construction is traversed by love.” The Art In A Craft-Harry Remde.

Once again I wish to thank: Love and support from my dear husband Pat and my creative sisters Lin-Bren who create one of a kind jewelry pieces.

Website: ateliersutton.com

Image Credits
Nancy Isaac

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