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ABOUT SUSIE & BIO

Susie paints on cloth using raw earth pigments and hand stitch to draw lines in a muted palette. Land sea sky are her inspiration; capturing the neutral palette of bleak winter landscapes, stormy windswept beach, chalk cliffs, the repetitive rhythms and colours of natural. She loves the tactile feel of vintage linen and hemp and the fact that each scrap has its own woven story. Mixing the earth pigments in a soya milk binder she builds up layers, blending the colours together using mono printing and home made carborundum plates that result in a wonderful depth of colour and a subtle field of marks. Hand stitch is an integral part of her work, the quiet slowness of the stitching, the mediative repetition of the needle as it goes up and down through the cloth. Sketchbooks are an important part of her studio practice.

Susie has had work published in several books and exhibited and sold in the UK, Europe and USA. It always feels great and an honour to have work selected for juried exhibitions but the highlight was having two pieces selected for the Royal Academy of Art Summer Exhibition in 2016 that both sold during the opening week. Winning the Fine Art Quilts Masters in 2015 was another highlight and a big validation of the then new earth pigment work; with the prize money she built a studio in the garden and moved from working on a 80cm x 150cm table in her office to a 3m x 5m studio space where she can now leave work in progress out. “I love my studio, it was a big commitment but worth every penny”

In July 2019 Susie was interviewed for the Textile Curator website.

 
 

ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

 

EXHIBITIONS

2019

  • Fine Art Textile Award: Festival of Quilts, Knit & Stitch Harrogate & Dublin

  • 7th European Quilt Triennial: Dormagen Germany & Haslach Austria

  • Masterworks:  Abstract & Geometric: Japan & Memphis Tenn. USA

2018

  • 7th European Quilt Triennial: Heidelberg Germany

  • Sketchbook Project Brooklyn Library New York

2017

  • ViewSeven: A Sense of Place Menier Gallery London

  • Masterworks: Abstract & Geometric Houston Texas 2017-2019

  • European Art Quilts Grande Finale The Netherlands

2016

  • Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2016

2015

  • London Group Open 2015

  • Fine Art Quilt Masters 2015, Festival of Quilts NEC Birmingham

  • ViewSeven Menier Gallery London 2015

  • European Art Quilts VIII

2005-2014

  • ViewSeven, Menier Gallery London 2013

  • European Art Quilt (UK & Europe 2010, 2012 & 2014 catalogued)

  • 5th European Quilt Triennial (UK & Europe 2012 catalogued)

  • Ashdown Gallery (UK 2011 & 2012)

  • Place Sight & Sound (UK 2008)

  • Houston Festival of Cloth (USA 2007)

  • Quilt 2005 (UK catalogued)

 

 

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

Susie has had work published in the following books and catalogues:

  • European Art Quilt "Grande Finale" catalogue 2017

  • Art Quilts International book Abstract & Geometric by Martha Sielman 2016 (featured artist)

  • Text in Textiles by Sara Impey 2013 (images of work)

  • European Art Quilt VI, VII & VIII 2010, 2012 & 2014 catalogues

  • 5th European Quilt Triennale 2012 catalogue

  • Paper & Metal Lamination, Finding Your Visual Language & Making your Mark: Committed to Cloth publications (images of work)

  • Quilt 2005 catalogue

 

BLOGS & INTERVIEWS

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