My name is Milagros Suriano-Rivera and those who love me call me Millie. San Antonio, Texas is home , but I will always be “A Daughter of Brooklyn,”. I am a mother of 4, “Nana” of 4, and married to my Best Friend and #1 Fan!
As a woman of color of Puerto Rican heritage, color is in my DNA! My art is a reflection of my true self…raw, rough, eclectic, imperfect, vibrant, complex and unpredictable.
I am a firm believer that the unexpressed life is not worth living. I often went through life just going where the wind blew me like a tumbleweed. Simply surviving and letting life happen to me. Believing every lie that was running my life at the time because the overlying lie I was operating under was that I was damaged goods and didn’t deserve a good life. It was my belief that if I went along with whatever situation what happening and didn’t question whoever I was with everything would work itself out. So, I became a woman who loved too much. Reciprocation was rarely ever found and when it did , it was never unconditional. Art gave me my voice. Art helped me find community and purpose. Creativity has given me the tools to heal the framework and lens with which I see myself in relation to the world and how I relate to the narratives that were keeping me from my fullest potential for love and service.
As a Color of Woman 2019 Intentional Creativity Teacher my focus is to catalyze women to curate their consciousness and personal power through creative expression with intention and mindful inquiry. To reclaim their selves as sacred and reconnect with their ancestral lineage and support systems through ritual and visioning. It is in this re-membering of our lost parts that women can truly access our soul voice, alchemize their our old stories into remedies for what wants to be healed in our lives and the world. This is what I am here to cause and create.
My creative journey started years ago when I was started making paper Jewelry as gifts for my relatives. Later i was introduced to stained glass by my dear friend Ed Moultrie. I started making jewelry from the remnants of my other projects. As I started getting more request for jewelry for sale, Milliemade Creations was born!
Over the years I discovered the world of mixed media with all its delicious possibilities and haven’t been able to stop creating!
Art has become my WHY, my YES, and my EVERYTHING!
My vision is to create art intuitively, allowing the art to flow from me in a raw and authentic way. Using various mark making techniques, mediums, and materials infused with intention and heart wisdom to create works from my soul for your soul! My calling is to impact, impress, and inspire every beloved on my red thread to create their own healing and self expression through art and intentional creativity!