Sue has been inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Dury, artists whose connection to the natural environment is at the core of their work.

After studying an Art degree at Chester College, Sue spent a year at Bretton Hall College training to be an art teacher, where the sculpture gardens and extensive arts and crafts library were a great inspiration to her.
Sustainability and environmentalism were important in Sue and her husband’s life too. Inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy and Chris Dury, artists whose connection to the natural environment was at the core of their work. Sue and her husband began to cultivate willow and hazel in a small field in their village.
After meeting local basketmaker, Joni Bamford who became her mentor, Sue studied Creative Basketry at The City Lit in London. The course reinforced her desire to weave with willow and the traditional craft of basketry. She then studied in Ireland with Joe Hogan. This was a turning point as Joe Hogan’s willow was grown specifically for colour and texture. As if he were a painter and had mixed his own paints. Inspired by Hogan, Sue used willow cuttings selected from his willow beds for their colour and texture and brought them back to King’s Cliffe for her own work.
Since Sue has built a large-scale site-specific sculpture called ‘Slice’ for Burghley House in Stamford Lincolnshire. She has made baskets for show gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show. She has collaborated with design students at Central St Martins London (University of the Arts London) making replica fish traps and sustainable vacuum cleaners with willow. Collaborated with interior designers and leather craftsmen.