The World of Sue Kreitzman




Sue is interviewed by THE FACE Magazine



Raw Vision magazine has been showcasing unknown, self-taught and visionary artists for more than three decades. As the publication turns 35, founder John Maizels and interviewer Artemis van Dorssen introduce us to the hidden glories of seven artists living and creating around London today.



Transcript is below. Click The FACE magazine cover above to read the article on their website (Opens in a new window).





Sue Kreitzman went from being a food writer in New York to creating feminist art from her home in East London. What changed? ​"I figured either the muse bit me in the bum, or I had a psychotic break – or more likely it was the menopause," says the 80-year-old, laughing. ​"My hand picked up a marker and drew a mermaid on a piece of scrap paper. I looked at her. She looked at me. She took over my life. I never wrote another cookbook."

Now, Kreitzman paints with nail varnish or acrylic on paper and found wood, often collaging buttons, toys and jewellery on top. It's all on display in her home, with images of heroines and goddesses smothering the walls, peering out from behind deconstructed mannequins wearing jewellery. ​"I'm only interested in the female landscape," she says, gazing at a mannequin with little alarm clocks at the ends of her nipples. ​"I love men, I'm married to a man, I have a son. But I'm not interested in men as far as their inner life or their spirituality."

That's also why Kreitzman has painted her walls red, matching her glasses, clothes, carpet, furniture and much of her artwork. ​"It's because we bleed every month. It's the colour of blood, it's a feminine colour." Plus, red is the polar opposite to Kreitzman's biggest fear. ​"I'm scared of beige the way some people are scared of heights. It leeches the life right out of you."

Taken from the new print issue of THE FACE.

Photography: Maxwell Granger
Words: John Maizels
Interviews: Artemis van Dorssen
12th March 2024


Sue is interviewed by German TV Channel ZDF

Click the image above to watch the video on Sue's YouTube Channel (Opens in a new window).


‘Every day starts with "Which colours today?"
"Colour is my passion every piece is a work of art. When I get myself ready I make a collage of colour in that world out there of beige. Some people wear such dull colours and are afraid if colour - they have Chromophobia. Then the accessories; "Does this match? Yes it does!"

Sue Kreitzman‘s house in London East End. She has been going to Spitalfields Market for the past 25 years with her Colour Walk friends. She has also curated art installations with this community.

"Sometimes the world is dark and we feel miserable." These are Sue's Goddess phones… "Hello may I please speak with a Goddess? Oh they're all busy I'll call back. This is The call centre If you want to talk to us, please hold on."

Sue is inspired by Mexican art. And also by Frida Kahlo. She was a TV chef and wrote various successful cookbooks. She is famous as an icon and is also active on social media and at 83 she can also give good advice.

"Listen, beige. Never do beige. Beige can kill you. Some people are afraid of heights. I get a panic attack when I am around beige."

This is how Sue looks when she goes out to battle the beige. She loves to shop at Spitlefields Market with other colourful friends, and the market traders also love her.

Helen Scalway: "The colours lift the spirits. If You are getting closer to your exit years as I clearly am. Instead of drooling, you can go drumming. This is what the ColourWalk is all about. To be as cheerful as we can and have lots of fun!"

Sandra Phillips: "It is really a unique community that Sue has created."

Sue gathers friends from the colour walk regularly more and more people are joining.

"Colour has helped me physchologically, it helps to heal my inner child."

"This helps me to show my extrovert side, since I'm really an introvert. This is a chance where my inner shy self can be bold."

Whoever is walking by wearing beige feels the pull of this colourful universe.

"Scarcely do you see people who wear so much colour. Seeing this really made my day."

Photos are taken in the hundreds of these colour walk days because the colour craze has got to spread out into the world.

Sue: "It's about colour, creativity and freedom. to be with people that enjoy this is incredible. I'm not an isolated crazy person, I'm surrounded by a lots of crazy people and I'm not alone. We are not lonely at all!"

Sue Kreitzman is the centre of this movement. Her energy pulls people together to make the world a more colourful place.'

Click HERE to open the Colourwalk Facebook Event page. Come, get colourful and join us! (Opens in a new window).




Sue is featured in The Guardian Newspaper

Click the image above to read the whole article (Opens in a new window). Photograph: Colin Allen.


SUE KREITZMAN:
"I am the colour queen of the world. My motto is: "Don't wear beige, it might kill you", and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. I was born with a rainbow in my head.

I curate myself every single morning. I love red with anything. With bright pink, with bright orange, with turquoise. I love different shades of red. I love all colour as long as it's not in the beige and brown and tan family – that adds 15 years to my life.

I make my own clothes. I buy wonderful African wax print fabrics from female dealers, and vintage fabrics from flea markets. I design the garments and have a lovely guy who does the stitching. I buy my rings and bracelets from the same flea market every Thursday – Old Spitalfields, in East London."

Sue is wearing a long orange overall with patterned patches, a trim that looks vaguely flag-inspired and a necklace (a neckshrine) that features a totem pole and an Amerindian-looking bird. Her granny trolley has a large eye printed on it and also some apples. She looks happy.

"I also make these "neckshrines". They are cultural mashups, shrines to kitsch, sometimes something more profound. They're very very important to me. I've been making them for years and probably have more than a thousand.

I'm 83 years old and I have terrible feet, so I wear Crocs. I love Crocs. I have them in all different colours and I embellish them myself. So the Crocs become works of art.

People stop me and say: "You look amazing." People are very, very nice. Sometimes when I walk down Roman Road market, London, some of the younger guys say: "I wish my nan dressed like that." I'll take it. Once in a while some really insulting person, and it's usually a man, will say: "This is the way to the clown department."

There's too much chromophobia about. For heaven's sake don't be afraid of colour. It's so good for the soul, it's so good for the mental health, it's so good for the people around you. If you dress conservatively in dull colours, start with a scarf, start with a bracelet, start adding colours to your outfit and you'll find that you like it.

Don't worry about what's in fashion and what's not in fashion. Don't buy fast fashion that is not good for the planet or for anybody. Start being a little bit picky about what you wear. If you can add some art, buy jewellery from an artist. Support small business, it makes so much more sense."


HOUSE TOUR | The Most Colourful Home in London


Artist Sue Kreitzman welcomes Homeworthy, who video home tours and interior design, inside her bold and colourful art flat in the East End of London.

Watch the video by clicking the image above (Opens in a new window).

"Age is but a number for the indomitable 80-year-old artist and former cookbook author, Sue Kreitzman. Her personal motto, "Don't wear beige, it might kill you," is more than just a catchphrase – it's a way of life. Nestled in the heart of London's eclectic East End, Sue's art-filled flat is a breathtaking testament to her unwavering commitment to color and creativity.

Walking through Sue's living space is akin to stepping into a kaleidoscope of emotions and expression. Every room bursts with life, from the fiery reds to the electrifying pinks that adorn her walls. No inch of her home is spared from the artistic reverie; Sue's original embellished paintings, folk art treasures, neck shrines, goddess phones, and busts adorned with jewels and found objects blend seamlessly to create a symphony of visual delight.

Sue Kreitzman's home is more than a dwelling; it's a sanctuary for self-expression. Her maximalist approach to design serves as a vibrant reminder to stay true to one's unique artistic vision. In a world where conformity often takes center stage, Sue's East End oasis is a refreshing oasis of authenticity and teaches us the ultimate lesson: to embrace color, creativity, and individuality with unwavering devotion."

For more extraordinary home tours, visit the Homeworthy website: https://homeworthy.com/
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BBC London Radio Interview with Sue Kreitzman


Anna O'Neill is a Journalist for BBC London Radio and visits Sue's Art Flat for a live interview.

Anna interviews creative people in each area of London's 32 boroughs, and the City of London. #32

She asks Sue about Spitalfields Market, sustainable fashion and how she became an Artist for the first time, aged 58, when she decided to end her successful career as a Food Writer and Television Presenter.

Anna O'Neill : Instagram: @annareporting

Watch the video on Sue's YouTube channel by clicking the image above (Opens in a new window).


Sue Kreitzman talks to the BBC about Spitalfields Market and the ColourWalk


"I'm not an old woman, just disguised as one"
Sue Kreitzman is an adopted East Ender and has lived in Tower Hamlets for over 25 years. Old Spitalfields Market is a special place for her where, with friends, the 83-year-old regularly visits to trawl through the stalls in search of materials for her artwork. The occasion, now fondly known as the "Colour Walk", has attracted more and more people and is quite the spectacle.

Video by Rob Taylor

Watch the video on Sue's YouTube channel by clicking the image above (Opens in a new window).


Sue Kreitzman Talks Peace Unity Love & Art -
Interviewed by Steve Jones, founder of the AllCity TaxiTalk Show


"Be violently vibrant!"

Sue Kreitzman hailed a black cab one London afternoon and met Taxi Driver Steve Jones. They shared their love of creativity throughout the whole journey and a year later, Steve visited her Art Flat for an interview. Steve Jones is the founder of the AllCity TaxiTalk Show which is... "Dedicated to interviewing Musicians, Graffiti Artists, DJs, Actors, Fashion Designers from the UK and the rest of the world."

SUE: "That was the best cab ride of my entire life! So glad we met.

The 1960s in New York were something special. There was alot going on... extremely diverse and very very lively... The graffiti was POW! Every inch was covered, it was ART."

Watch Sue's fascinating and inspiring interview by clicking the image above (Opens in a new window).

And Subscribe to Steve's Channel, the AllCity TaxiTalk Show.


Distinguishing Character: In Search of the Eccentric. Episode 1: The Artist, Sue Kreitzman


In this new video series, Londnr talks to different London characters about life, living in London and what eccentricity means to them.

"At LONDNR, we are cultish about culture.

In this episode, Londnr talks to Sue Kreitzman, an artist originally from New York. Launched in 2015 as a digital platform, we've since expanded to a print magazine (published 5 times a year) and a lively events programme (LONDNR Club).

We believe the world of culture - the arts, thought, history, lifestyle and more - deserves better coverage. Less stale. Less sterile. Less superficial. Therefore, our mission is simple: tell wonderful stories. We want our writing to spark conversations. To turn into icebreakers on a date, or good anecdotes to share over dinner. And at the very heart of everything, we want to bring likeminded, curious, adventurous, mischievous souls together."

Watch Sue's interview by clicking the image above (Opens in a new window).

Sue's Neckshrines at the American Visionary Art Museum

Click the image below for a look at Sue's Neckshrines on permanent display at 'Abundance' at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore, USA. (Opens in a new window).




The American Visionary Art Museum (AVAM) in Baltimore has a large display of Sue's eye-popping and inspirational Neckshrines as part of their permanent collection.

AVAM specializes in original thematic exhibitions that seamlessly combine art, science, philosophy, humor and especially social justice and betterment.