Susan grew up in New Jersey, came to Boston for her last two years of college, and has lived in Massachusetts ever since. She’s been an artist for 38 years. She started with calligraphy and then moved into making books, slowly transitioning from books with text to wordless ones with natural materials. She is inspired by the spirit of nature, both wild and cultivated, and the beauty and power of words.
Susan's work is in the library collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Bowdoin College, the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, the University of Arizona, Wellesley College, and Yale University. It has also been featured in books (1,000 Artists Books, 500 Handmade Books, Cover to Cover, The Art of the Handmade Book, Handmade Books And Cards) and magazines (Urthona: Buddhism and the Arts, Somerset Studio, Fiberarts, Letter Arts Review, and Bound & Lettered).
Susan is known internationally for her advocacy of the educational and personal value of simple bookmaking with recycled materials through her Making Books with Children website and her Joy of Making Books videos.