Mythical creatures 1 (fabric piece of Indian ocean) | 2021
Born 1958 Perth, Western Australia
Lives and works Fremantle, Western Australia
Susie’s curiosity has taken her around the world and led to several careers. She began as a theatrical costumier in Australia and the UK, specialising in men’s 19th Century dress. After moving to Kathmandu and Mumbai she worked as a craft consultant with income generation and community art workshops with projects in India, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, Mexico and Turkey, responding to local materials and artistic traditions. At the same time, she was studying embroidery by distance learning and creating her own textile art.
Susie creates embroidered animations, automata and textile pieces inspired by the projects she works with. Her work has been exhibited in London, Birmingham, Sweden, USA, Norway, Wales, Perth, Mumbai, Melbourne and rural Western Australia. Since returning to Australia, Susie has facilitated art workshops with local Aboriginal and refugee groups and continues to work with Tibetan, Nepali and Turkish projects. She also runs embroidery and textile workshops in the UK, Australia and online. Susie’s successful exhibition, ‘Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist’, Mundaring Arts Centre (2019) based on the French botanist Labillardière who travelled to Australia in 1792, is being prepared to tour with Art on the Move from late 2021.
Photo courtesy: Christophe Canato