Sue Lewington

August 16, 2012 § 4 Comments

Some of this summer has been spent in Cornwall; teaching, festivalling (Port Eliot), reading, catching up on correspondence, making lists and working on a book proposal. Oh and a long slow week’s holiday on St Agnes, Isles of Scilly. Bliss.

The best bit? Time out from the internet. No wifi, no signal. Unplugged for the first time in months.

I met Sue, c.1996 at North Farm Gallery on St Martin’s, when I wandered in and mentioned out-of-season bookbinding workshops. We share a love of islands, cava, maps and BOOKS.

Her studio is full of inspiration, every drawer and surface spilling over with paper, print and paint. Text hangs from clothes pegs.

Swallows nest there, for goodness sake (with bubble wrap and bamboo shit protectors erected by Norman) and chirrup on the rafters. Snails leave silvery trails over artwork and have a penchant for ink. Shelves sway with boxes bursting with labels, envelopes, ripped edges. Books tustle and lean together, stacked and piled.

Baskets overflow.

A wooden chest is filled with rubber stamps and ink pads in each compartment. Somehow other people’s studios are always more appealing than one’s own. I got to play too, and talk through ideas. There are few places to be happier.

Sue is well-known and revered for her watercolour painting, capturing light and energy. People collect her books, calendars and framed works. Last week she started on three large pieces based on Admiralty charts of the Isles of Scilly. I was lucky to watch the process:

Once framed, the work will travel to St Martin’s by ship and boat, to join the current exhibition at North Farm Gallery.

Sue doesn’t really ‘do’ social media stuff, but there’s a glimpse of some work here and a home page (from 2003) here.


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  • Kerstin says:

    When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each
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  • The Rev. Elizabeth Orens says:

    Dear Ms. Lewington, I am an American who has just written a legendary story about St. Ia. It is a story aimed at 8-10 year old. It is about 25-30 pages long. I imagine one image for each page. I also fell in love with your extraordinary watercolor work in “Portrait of West Penwith.” Would you consider illustrating a children’s book like this? Saint Ia would be a wonderful book to introduce to Cornwall. Her story is fascinating. I’ve taken some leeway, but have tried to keep to the story that has been passed down to us and what life might have been like in 5th century Cornwall. What could be appealing to children is the face that she was a “princess” and a missionary. For such a book, landscape is essential. I can think of no one else but you who could provide such an extraordinary view of what that landscape would look like.

    Any interest? I would gladly send the text to you, but would need your e-mail address or a home or gallery address.

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