Sunday 14 April 2024, Meet Susie Vickery
Sunday 14 April 2024 at 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)
Susie worked for over two decades as a costumier for theatre in the UK and Australia. After moving to South Asia she studied embroidery by distance learning and worked as a craft consultant with income-generation projects in India, Nepal, Tibet, Myanmar, and Turkey, responding to local materials and artistic traditions. She has facilitated community art projects, in informal settlements in Mumbai, with women’s groups in rural Nepal, with indigenous Huichol in Mexico, and with indigenous Australians and refugees. This work inspires her embroideries.
Having lived in Nepal and India for 20 years, Susie’s embroideries are influenced by South Asian popular culture, especially old Bollywood posters with their rich saturated colours, kitsch imagery and garish delight in superimposing pattern on pattern. She uses layers of recycled fabrics and embroidery to create portraits and began making embroidered and appliquéd puppets, automata and animations to give movement to her embroideries as she found that the interaction can get people’s attention, make them smile, and sometimes make them think.
In this Meet the Maker, Susie will talk about how she became an embroiderer and immediately wanted to add movement. She did this with animation, puppets and automata.
Having returned to live in Australia after years overseas, Susie was immediately drawn into the concern about the loss of biodiversity and species extinction. She has always addressed social issues in her work, including the exploitation of garment workers and gender based violence, so began to produce work about the loss of the unique flora and fauna of Australia. Susie has been making a series of interactive embroidered puppets of Australian Cockatoos that are endangered with a percentage of their sales going to bird charities.
The event will be recorded and a recording sent to ticket holders after the event. Please allow 7 working days for us to send you the recording.
All Meet the Maker sessions are non-refundable.