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.
Susie's 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.
In 2019, Susie produced a successful exhibition, Peregrinations of a Citizen Botanist, at Mundaring Arts Centre based on the French botanist Labillardière, who travelled to Australia in 1792. The exhibition is touring with 'Art on the Move' in 2021 and 2022, opening in December 2021 at the Cannery Arts Centre in Esperance.
You can also view the film made about the project at the Makers' Film Festival at WA Maritime Museum.
Perth, Western Australia
Lives & Works
South Fremantle, Western Australia
Acknowledgements & Funders
Bappaditya Biswas, Kolkata, India
Janakpur Women's Development Center, Janakpur, Nepal
Mark Binns, Fremantle
Fremantle Arts Centre
FAC is a multi-arts organisation based in a historic building complex in Fremantle, Western Australia.
1 Finnerty Street, Fremantle