25th May – 2nd June 2024 Creative Kernow

Sue Spence Textile Artist


Sue is in the Helford Artists Collective. She creates decorative and wearable textile art from vintage materials in the workroom at her village home.

A self-taught, life-long embroiderer, Sue has been making textile art for seven years, since retiring from a career teaching English. Her former home study has become a workroom stuffed with fabric, thread and the paraphernalia of an enthusiastic creative life: art, books and quirky objects.

Sue is inspired by the memories held in old materials of people and places; literature, and the natural world, especially the Cornish landscape – coasts and woodlands. Her love of trees and wildflowers is evident in her smaller decorative pieces, including embroidered brooches.

Aiming to have an entirely sustainable practice, Sue works with preloved and used materials, hand sewing vintage fabrics, papers and found objects into stitched collages and other work with a strong narrative, often adding text, including her own poetry to tell stories in stitch.

Sue has exhibited her work throughout the UK and in the USA, but this is her first year of Open Studios.

Sue is also one of the founding members of the Helford Artists Collective, a small group of artists who live and work by the Helford River across a variety of mediums, all of whom will be participating in Open Studios this year, forming a short circuit ideal for visiting within the same day. Close by are the fabulous Trebah and Glendurgan Gardens, the Helford River and its swimming beaches, Budock Vean Hotel and the Ferryboat Inn.

Opening Times
11am - 4pm

Opening Days
Sat 25th May
Sun 26th May
Mon 27th May
Wed 29th May
Thu 30th May
Fri 31st May
Sat 1st Jun
Sun 2nd Jun

From the centre of Mawnan Smith, turn into Carlidnack Road, opposite the village shop. Take 2nd right into Carlidnack Close & follow this road down as it bends left. At 2nd left bend, go down the lane ahead, bearing right. Studio is on the right.
The map used on this profile is powered by Google maps and the pin use postcodes rather than very specific locations, in some cases this may not be accurate and it is always worth checking the venue directions on the participants page.

The venue has on site parking
The venue is family friendly

Accessibility Information
Although there is parking for two cars at the house, the short lane down to it is narrow, so parking in Carlidnack Close and walking down is recommended where possible. The studio/workroom is accessed from a door at the side of the house, and there is one step up into it. No easy access for wheelchair users unfortunately.