1. Tell me a bit about your background and how long you have been an artist/crafter.
I studied art and textiles at school and college but I am mostly self taught. I was a professional florist for almost 15 years specialising in wedding design and, in one way or another, art has always been a part of my life. I was taught to knit as a child, as were many children of my generation, and it has always been a hobby of mine, but about three years ago I felt the need to go in a different direction. It was then that I started to sketch and design the beginnings of my textile wall art. As soon as I got the basic ideas together I became addicted and haven't stopped since.
2. Where do you find your inspiration?
With very few exceptions my designs are based on the natural world and I try to portray the beauty of our Earth through my work.
3. Do you sell your work, or is it purely for pleasure?
I do sell my artwork, mostly privately but it can be found: http://www.sewsusan-textilwallart.blogspot.com/
4. If someone was looking to take up this craft should they have any related experience before they start?
The most important thing is to be able to knit. Not intricate patterns but definitely the basics.
5. What would be your top 5 tips for a beginner?
1. Be creative; allow yourself to be flexible.
2. Let your work interpret the title.
3. In the beginning try to keep it simple.
4. Knit a few pieces at a time and try to shape your design slowly.
5. It is your design so it can never be wrong! Have confidence in your ability.
6. What would be your top 5 items of essential equipment?
1. Wool and needles
2. Backing fabric.
3. Artist's stretched canvas.
4. Other embellishments e.g. beads
5. Sewing needles.
7. Can you recommend a technique or 'tips' book ideal for a beginner?
250 creative Knitting Stitches (The Harmony Guides)
8. Can you recommend any brands to look out for, when buying equipment or kit?
In this type of work it is possible to use cheaper wool until you get better.