SARK Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy,
says that she 'visits the Soul Food Cafe
to revel in language, soak in creative experiments, and marvel
at the depth that is there.'
Such praise from the creator
of Planet Sark is like music to the ears. Personally I love Sark's
Studio but I confess I like to call in and ask Jupiter (Sark's cat)
for some advice about how to spend my day.
"I’ve made a lot of my creative dreams
REAL" writes Sark. "Publishing 12 books, creating hundreds
of products, and owning a company, are a few of these dreams. I’ve
learned a lot about struggle and success, and what it takes to turn
dreams from a tiny idea into a big, blooming REAL thing. By real,
I mean the “real stuff” of life – the changes, disappointments and
distractions. I continue to procrastinate, avoid, and allow perfectionism
to sometimes slow me down or stop me – but not for too long! I wrote
this book as a friendly guide for this process of creative dream-making.
This book will assist you if you’re sailing along with your dreams,
stuck, quitting, failing or feeling jealous of someone else’s dreams."
Years ago a friend introduced me to the work of
SARK when she gave me one of Susan's early books as a present. I
was enchanted by this woman who so clearly lived outside the square
and encouraged women all over the world to be wild and succulent.
So when Ann Rubin, Susan's business assistant,
wrote to tell me that Planet
Sark was featuring the Soul Food Cafe I was more than a little
stunned. It was one thing for me to admire SARK's work but quite
another for Susan to be telling the world that she 'visits the Soul
Food Cafe to revel in language, soak in creative experiments, and
marvel at the depth that is there.'
Emboldened with courage I wrote back to Ann asking
if Susan would do an interview for The Soul Food Cafe.
You could have knocked me over with a gum leaf
when the email came back telling me that "SARK would be delighted
have an interview with you. We extend our appreciation for your
Suddenly it was all back to me and I had to compose
questions that would challenge SARK. I was more than a little aware
that this creative individual has a deep well from which to draw
and I wanted to plunder the depths.
I need not have worried for words circled around
me, clambering to be heard and lined themselves up on the page like
swans in formation. I ran them by people at Soul Food, copied them
into an email, added the subject line 'Tapping on Your Chamber Door'
and sent them off to Susan.
Susan replied saying that she could not resist
a subject line like this.
"Scrumptious questions" she wrote "-
i LOVE them! i'll be back later in the month...where are you in
australia? i toured in 99,(i think that was the year) sydney, melbourne,
adelaide and perth, and absolutely adored your country. would love
to come back"
'Scrumptious is good' I told her, relieved that
I had indeed provided a challenge.
Perhaps it was the word numinous that captured
Sark's imagination. Maybe it was the concept of 'working outside
the square' that sowed the seed for her? I like to think so! Maybe
it was when I let her know that the site could support substantial
images! Whatever, I never expected Susan's responses to come back
to me in the form of numinous, luminous pages. I was beyond overjoyed.
Personally this has been one of the most exciting
interviews that I have ever conducted.
It has been exciting because Susan Ariel Rainbow
Kennedy exudes warmth and is the numinous, luminous,
figure we have come to love.
Susan Ariel Rainbow Kennedy really is a
wild and succulent artist who has won my unreserved respect and
To read this interview check the questions in
the side bar and then read the pages. There are clear strokes separating
Now Susan! Precisely what do you mean by saying
that if you were to invite someone dangerous for tea it would Heather
Blakey? Was it one of my questions that revealed my identity? Did
you sense that Raven had a hand in the questions you were presented
with? Winnie seems to remember that they had live people like Gary
Larsen, Tom Stoppard, Dr. Seuss, George Carlin on their list, along
with a few dead ones led by Willy Shakespeare and Oscar Wilde.
After much thought I have decided that after
I have been to tea with you I will invite Leonardo da Vinci, Joan
of Arc and Sean Connery. I never could resist a renaissance man,
a spy like James Bond or women in shining armor.
Your armor is shimmering very brightly here at
Soul Food Susan. Thank you!
Soul Food Cafe