Susie Gillespie

Biography

Education and qualifications
Dartington Hall School
Foundation Certificate in Art – Bath Collage of Art
Conservators Course – Lincoln College
BA Hons Degree Structural Textiles – Leicester De Montfort  University
MA with distinction in woven Art – Winchester School of Art

Awards  
Theo Moorman weaving award 1995
Selvedge textile award 2010
Best maker in the South West award  Contemporary craft fair 2012

Published thesis
A report on the textile use of nettles.

Woven Textile Designer
From an early age I have been designing and weaving textiles. My interest in prehistoric textiles has led me to weave the way I do. I use antique linen yarn, nettle imported from the traditional spinners of the Himalayas and home grown flax. The organic nature of my work due perhaps to the surface qualities inherent in the weave and the irregularities of the yarn has been my continuous theme, which I believe is particularly suited to my subject.

Exhibitions

Craft in the Bay Summer show 2016 Weave 16th July – 11th September

Green Hill Arts ‘ A Darn Good Yarn’ 23rd April – 11th June 2016

SOFA Chicago November 2015

Browngrotta Arts USA “Influence and Evolution”  April 24th until 3rd May 2015

Stroud International Textile Festival  “The Power of Ten”  exhibition at the Museum in the Park May 2015

The New Craftsmen Mayfair, London 2015 from 2012

Contemporary Applied Arts, London 2015 from 2012

Bovey Tracey Devon The Contemporary Craft Festival June 2015

Art in action July 2014

Crux Craft Fair November 2014

Devon Open Studio September 2013
Devon Guild and High Cross House ( National Trust ) Exhibition 2013 June- September
High Cross House  Artist in residence Summer 2013
Brighton Art Fair 2011 September
Birdwood House Gallery Totnes 2010 and 2012
The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, 2008 to 2014
The Contemporary Craft fair Bovey Tracey 2008 to 2015
Crafts in the Bay Cardiff 2010
Coombe Gallery Dartmouth 2009
Origin Somerset House London  2009

Articles
Selvedge
Devon Life
Devon Today
Gardens Illustrated
World of Interiors
The Journal for weavers, spinners and dyers.
Country living magazine September issue 2014

Landscape Magazine Spring issue 2016

Teaching and conservation

Teaching creative woven textile courses to small groups of children and adults

Talks and demonstrations of my work in colleges

Rudolf Steiner School teaching weaving in art workshops with children and adults.

University of Exeter, working with the head of archaeology exploring nettle and willow use in early textiles and experimenting on their extraction and spinning.

Tetley Workshop, conservation of textiles, restoring historic carpets and tapestries.

Oxford archaeological Unit working on the conservation of artefacts for the Ashmoleum museum and the Woodstock museum.

Locmariaquer Brittany Rescue archaeology of prehistoric burial mound.