The sMacshop

The sMacshop is where the quirky, surreal, nostalgia, past ghosts, forgotten toys, and the rejected human soul all find a home. Susan Mac's tagline for her shop is "Be prepared to get *smacked* in the soul!" Indeed.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, Susan.
Since I was old enough to hold a crayon, I've had a love for any form of art, no matter the medium, be it clay, paint, pencils, or ink. I was into anything creative; shrinky dinks, needlepoint, decoupage, you name it; it if was crafty, I liked it. So I'd always stuck to my traditional forms of art but photography never caught my interest simply because it didn't make me feel like a creative 'participator.' Fast forward 30 years when my youngest brother came to visit me in NYC with a (then fairly new technology) digital camera with video capabilities. This made my eyebrow!! To me, a camera was for documenting life, (not to be creative, or for doing art) and to be able to have motion and sound in that documentation was a great idea, I thought. Still, it wasn't for some years before I bought my own, actually the first camera I've ever bought, and that was 2005.

From there I was introduced to Flickr where I saw so much inspiration and discovered techniques and artistic styles unlike I could ever have known or imagined. Now I see what the big deal about cameras is!! Photography is so amazing! Today I own five plastic vintage 'toy' cameras, 2 fold-out Kodaks from the 1930's, 5 vintage Polaroids, and a pinhole; there's no stopping this!

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
I'm simple. I love to spend a month at my family summer home in New England. For me it's like having the most wonderful dream you never want to wake up from!

What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
Finding time to sleep. I have a full-time day job and other things like anyone else. Doing my creative work takes just as much or more time per week as well, though I am really blessed and lucky to be able to do something I love, (and hopefully one day I won't need the 'day job'!)

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
The 12 x 12 inch "Ghost Bed". It's so beautiful!

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
Either a veterinarian, farmer (animal lover, still am), scientist, anthropologist, or archeologist. It would never cross my mind that any of this would preclude art from my life, however.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
Oh my gosh, where to start??
Junker Jane
The small Factory
Kay's K9s
Vintage by Crystal
To name a few...

What does your future hold?
I suspect much more than I could ever imagine. I was always a late bloomer. The best is yet to come!

Anything else we should know about you?
I live in NYC, love all forms of art, old scary movies, PBS, and dark chocolate. I have an identical twin sister, chew the inside of my mouth, do not fear snakes (but will burst into a Native American War Dance at the sight of a cockroach, complete with yodeling), love three-legged dogs and one-eyed cats, but have neither, and sing the 'Our Father' in funny renditions every night before bed.

Also, some of my photography will be in a show later this year in a gallery in Barcelona.

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