Show and Tell #2 – Suzie Gutteridge
23 August 2017
Suzie Gutteridge is a multimedia artist living and working in Salisbury. She holds a BA (Hons) in Textiles, Fashion and Fibre, having studied at Southampton University Winchester School of Art. She’s been tutoring the “Felt making with Suzie Gutteridge” – her ten-week evening course for adults at Salisbury Arts Centre for six years.
Being passionate about the countryside, combining this with walking and collecting bits and pieces of wool attached to fences and branches along the way to “do something with”, Suzie loves experimenting with the use of a variety of wools, both prepared (ready washed and carded) and raw (straight from the sheep), colours and textures.
As well as continually developing her own artwork, recently including using stitch and dying, she uses her workshops as the opportunity to pass on her skills and knowledge to others in a friendly, relaxed and welcoming environment. Having developed a range of projects that can be explored during the course, in each session, Suzie encourages people to follow techniques demonstrated in a simple and straightforward way, helping them to develop work with their own creative flair. She supports everyone through a range of techniques and processes, e.g. experiencing the intrigue of creating a 3d piece from the initial laying out of layers of wool fibres, and the tactile and manipulative properties of differing wools.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Feeling able to indulge in reading a book in a peaceful and sunny setting.
What lies at the heart of your own desire to do your creative work?
To feel free to explore
What are the first things you do in developing an idea in response to a subject?
Mind mapping, research, drawing, photos
What’s your favourite film and why?
Cherry Blossom (a Japanese film shown at the Arts Centre years ago) for its meaning and amazing cherry blossom
Choose 1, 2 or 3 of your all-time favourite music tracks.
Freddie Mercury – Bohemian Rhapsody, Tina Turner – Simply the best, Robbie Williams – Angel
From your favourite poem – could you give us a few lines that mean something to you?
The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear. The owl and the pussycat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat. They took some honey and plenty of money wrapped up in a five-pound note. My father used to read this to me as a child.
If you were to die and come back as a person, animal or a thing, what would it be?
Blackbird – you see them first thing in the morning wherever you are in the world.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Open outdoor spaces, countryside, beach, mountains
Which artwork/film/book has most inspired you?
Peter Randall Page’s work
Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
If you are not sure how to finish a piece of artwork, leave it and look at it for a period of time before continuing with fresh eyes
Piece of equipment you can’t live without?
Best recent read?
‘Clay’ by Melissa Harrison
Your final word?