Danish Modern

October 16, 2008

By Mike Landry
Suzanne Swannie's "Brud I."

Suzanne Swannie's "Brud I."

Danish-born textile artist Suzanne Swannie‘s life has been a negotiation between degrees of strict economy and wild adventure. After earning a Danish hand weavers Journeyman’s certificate and a degree in Textile Design and Technology from Sweden in the early 60s she crossed the Atlantic for a two-year teaching position in Newfoundland. This balance of adventure and Danish modern economy would end up shaping her life and work.

“My production has been very interrelated so all the rest of my life,” says Swannie. “There were a lot of shifts and changes in my life, and each era in a way produced a certain type of work that fit into my state of mind and situation.”

Wooed by the Canadian landscape, Swannie stayed in Canada getting married, divorcing and raising two daughters on her own. The following decades were spent busily trying to balance her life with thread being her second language.


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