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Suzanne Swannie was born in Denmark and lives in Halifax. In 1963 she completed a three-year apprenticeship at the studio of Kirsten and John Becker, Sollerod, Denmark, and two years later received a BA in Textile Design and Technology from the Textilinstitut in Boraas, Sweden. By 1986 she had graduated with an MFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.
Swannie has taught on numerous occasions at NSCAD during the late 1970s and 1980s, and from the late 1990s until 2003. She taught in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, in 1967, and from 1987 to 1996 taught full-time at Cabot College, St. John’s. Short-term teaching appointments include those in Stephenville, NF (1987); Sha Alam, Malaysia (1995); and Sanikiluak, Nunavut (1995).
In 1991 she and Andrew Terris won the MSVU commission to make a mesh and metal tubing sculpture for the E. Margaret Fulton Centre. Swannie’s recent exhibitions include Shifting Ground, MSVU Art Gallery, 2004; Why Bother?, Textile Museum of Canada, 2002; Ground Cover, Dal-Tech Exhibition Centre, 2000; and Repassage, Devon House Craft Gallery, St. John’s, 1996.