Susie Leiper's work as a calligrapher and lettering artist embraces both the traditional and the innovative. Recently Susie has become known for her vast walls of lettering, with text provided by the public. Much of her work shows the influence of Chinese art: her individual brush lettering and painting on Chinese paper, and her Chinese-style artist books.
Ten years ago Susie was one of the five scribes on Donald Jackson's monumental St Johns Bible, the first handwritten and illuminated bible for over five hundred years, written with goose quills on calfskin vellum.
Susie is also a painter and exhibits regularly. She has had three solo shows at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh and her work is held in numerous collections.
Commissions include work for the BBC, National Museums of Scotland, the British Museum, the Queen Mother's Memorial Fund for Scotland, Benjamin Tindall Architects and the Crown Office. Susie was a contributor to An Leabhar Mor, The Great Book of Gaelic.
Susie is a Fellow of both the Society of Scribes and Illuminators and the Calligraphy and Lettering Arts Society, and a Full Member of Letter Exchange.
2015: RSW, John Purcell Paper Award
2014: Visual Arts Scotland, Morton Fraser Award
2011: Visual Arts Scotland, Nancy Graham Memorial Book Award