WEDNESDAY 7 JANUARY 2015
BRIGHT OLD THINGS - SUE KREITZMAN
WAS: FOOD WRITER AND BROADCASTER
IS NOW: ARTIST AND CURATOR
Sue Kreitzman was a successful food writer for many years. She has published 27 cookbooks (many of them best sellers), countless magazine and newspaper pieces and has appeared on regular daytime TV cooking slots. Editing her 27th book, she picked up a marker and drew a mermaid. Folky, primitive, altogether delightful: there she was. 16 years on and Sue is dedicated to drawing, painting and assembling her extraordinary art pieces.
What do you think caused your shift in career?
The menopause. Or I had a psychotic break. Or the muse bit me in the bum. In other words, who knows? It hit me like a bolt of lightning and changed my life forever.
How has your new career as an artist changed your life?
I am a different person entirely. All my passion and obsession for food and cooking had transferred to art, colour and gluing found objects to other found objects. Thank heavens, my passion for writing has not diminished. I now write about art instead of food. At this time of my life, I am frequently asked to write about age. Of course, I am not really an old woman, just cleverly disguised as one.
Do you think ageism is a thing of the past or something we are still battling with?
It is changing, albeit slowly. There is an old lady revolution happening now, and old men are starting to hang on to our coattails. The revolution is partly because of Ari Seth Cohen and his Advanced Style blog. There is now an Advanced Style film as well, and Sue Bourne's film, Fabulous Fashionistas, made a huge impact all around the world. We now live longer, look better, and keep on working long beyond what was traditionally retirement age. It really is a new world, and I feel that I, and those like me, are pioneers in a brave new world.
TODD SELBY'S ILLUSTRATED INTERVIEW
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