Susan Mowatt is especially interested in weaving, and the significance it could have as an action in the 21st century.
She gained an MFA in Tapestry from ECA and also has a PGCE from Moray House College of Education. After graduating she worked in the Frankische Gobelin Manufactur in Bavaria and later in the Victorian Tapestry Workshop in Melbourne, Australia as an invited weaver on the Federation Tapestry.
Susan's interest lies in the act of weaving itself: less on the artifact and more on the process. Recently her work has included live performances of weaving and unweaving in a gallery space (during a solo show at GalleryGallery, Kyoto) and an exploration of weaving through other media including drawing and moving image.
A collaboration with Tokyo based poet Paul Hullah resulted in 'homing', a book of poetry and drawing published by WordPower in 2011. She exhibits work widely in group shows and has been the recipient of many prizes, notably the Golden Fleece Award during Karpit at the National Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest (2001) and the international Cordis Tapestry Prize(2016). Susan has represented Great Britain in the Web of Europe project (2011) and at the 11th International Triennial of Tapestry in Lodz, Poland (2004).
Other outputs include delivering papers at conferences at the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design, Budapest and the Australian National University, Canberra, and an article published in the Journal of Language and Culture, Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo.
She is a director of West Barns Arts (an organisation that provides studio provision, exhibitions and educational activities in East Lothian) and runs Cadmium Lovebug, a venture campaigning for creativity, enabling access to Art education in the community for children. This often involves student participation, including annual projects in primary schools, placing Art at the heart of the curriculum.
She has taught at Duncan of Jordanstone and Grays School of Art and organises annual off-site projects for undergraduate students. These have included Stanley Mills, a Historic Scotland property on the banks of the River Tay in Perthshire; CAMP 21 - Cultybraggan, an old PoW camp near Comrie, Slateford Green, an award winning housing scheme in Edinburgh and Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh Museums.
Susan teaches on the Intermedia Art programme. She is Course Organiser of Presentation: methods & contexts 3, a course undertaken by all year 3 BA students and Textiles in Contemporary Art Practice: making and thinking, an optional course for year 1 and 2 students.