Susie Leiper's work as a calligrapher and lettering artist embraces both the traditional and the innovative.
She is 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. Other work on vellum includes peerages for the Crown Office and a charter for the Middle Temple in London.
Susie's own work is characterised by the strong influence of Chinese art. She uses Chinese brushes for her highly individual brush lettering and painting, on Chinese paper, displayed as hanging scrolls and Chinese-style artist's books.
Recently she has applied brush lettering to wood, and has worked in collaboration with the woodcarver Roger Hall.
Commissions include work for the BBC, National Museums of Scotland, the British Museum and the Queen Mother's Memorial Fund for Scotland, and she 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.