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 multi-media artist, Color of Woman Teacher of Intentional Creativity; I am a mother of 4 grown children, “Nana” of 4 grandchildren, and wife 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 an 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 was , it was never unconditional. Creativity gave me my voice. Creativity helped me find community, purpose, and a sense of belonging. Intentional 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 self-love and self-agency.
Since I made the CHOICE in 2018 to start my journey into the world of Intentional Creativity, my connection and relationship with creation has amplified in a way that I can only describe as a miracle. I realized that I had to let go of what was no longer serving me, so that I could make space for the abundance of possibilities that only I could dream up. So I quit my corporate job at a bank and started my journey as staff for the Musea Intentional Creativity Museum. I now support students enrolled in many of the classes and courses we offer, am host for the museum’s FB Live Mini Interview Series #CreativeConversations, and most recently was appointed to a seat on the Board of Directors for the Intentional Creativity Foundation, the 501(c)3 Not-for-Profit of Musea Museum as Vice President of Programming. When we choose from a place of awareness, we amplify the potential for that which is possible.
As a Color of Woman Teacher of Intentional Creativity (2019 Graduate) my focus is to catalyze women to curate their own consciousness and personal power through creative acts with intention and mindful inquiry. Providing them with tools to guide them in the access their hidden selves, embracing the sacred within, and reconnect with their ancestral lineage and support systems through ritual, visioning, journaling, and creativity. It is in this re-membering of our lost parts and reclaiming our sacred assignment, that which we are called to cause and create in the world, 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!