Making Time for Creativity & Community

Sush creating a copy of her book Bhoot! Story of a Boy’s Fear. Photo, Yuri Long.

Welcome to Studio Pause! I am Sushmita Mazumdar, artist, writer, and educator, and this is where I work and invite others to visit, learn, share their art, and celebrate the art and writing of others.

Since 2007, my work has been about encouraging children, families, and seniors to share their stories of home, heritage, and migration through the fun and exciting book arts. You can see some of my books on the Handmade Storybooks tab on this website.

I believe that everybody is creative and everyone has stories to share—we just don’t explore them because we don’t have the time, don’t think we are very good at it, and we don’t think anyone cares.

And that’s why we need to PAUSE.

People: We are inspired by everyday People because they are creative and they know a lot

Art: Everyone has Art in them and should get to explore and enjoy it

Understand: Art and Stories help us Understand the people around us and the things they love

Share: We Share our stories graciously and take graciously as we learn about each other

Explore: What will we discover as we Explore our senses and our emotions?

Studio Pause on VOA:
Thanks so much to the amazing artist Lukman Ahmed for wanting to share the work of Studio Pause with his viewers! See the film here:

Studio PAUSE Reception, April 2015:
Here is a short film about our April 2015 reception, a film by Hanan Daqqa, who visited the Studio in January and wanted to share what its about through her art. Thanks so much, Hanan!

Studio PAUSE and AIM: Art Education, Nov 3, 2013
Artists Sushmita Mazumdar, Allison Platz, and Maria Burke talk about art education. All opinions are the conversationalists and not necessarily those of any organization with which they are affiliated. The Conversation on November 3, 2013 was at Studio Pause in Arlington, Virginia. Audio by Steve Cordle; cameras by Janar Stewart and Matthew Shea Sullivan; produced by Michael A. Shea through the facilities of Arlington Independent Media.

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