Suzsi Corio lives and has her studio in a converted Victorian school in London SE22. After studying constructed textile design at the Royal College of Art in the 1980s, She worked as a textile designer in Italy and then Hong Kong before returning to the U.K to set up a textile design studio in London, exhibiting and selling work in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Tokyo and the U.K. to clients including Ralph Lauren, Missoni, Kenzo, Calvin Klein, Saks 5th Avenue and Macy’s.
Painting has always played a large part in her textile design work and she has drawn upon her interest in texture and pattern to create a series of works on canvas and watercolour paper.
Suzsi’s career in textile design continues to inform the subject matter of her paintings which currently include a series of mixed media paintings of vintage dresses on paper and canvas using a similar motif which is then explored in different ways using a wide range of innovative painting processes.
Her paintings have sold to collectors in USA, Europe and throughout the UK.
Paintings are built up using layers of textured gesso, watercolours, inks, acrylics or oils and are then sanded and re-worked to develop a unique and enigmatic identity. The boundaries of textile design and painting are merged when she incorporates her digital textile designs into some of the paintings using image transfer techniques directly onto the paper or canvas.
ARTISTS’ OPEN HOUSE – London SE24 May 13-21 2017
NATIONAL OPEN ART – Mercers Hall, London – Oct- Nov 2016
DULWICH ARTISTS OPEN STUDIOS – May 2016
E-Merge – Safe House Gallery, Copeland Road, Peckham SE15 – July 2016
EDUCATION: First Class B.A. (Hons) in Fashion/Textile Design, specializing in knitted and woven textile design, Liverpool Design, 1982
M.A. (R.C.A.) in Knitted Textile Design, Royal College of Art, London 1984.
LINEAPIU (Yarn company) Florence, Italy 1984-5
In charge of developing fabrics and paintings for exhibitions in art galleries in Milan and Florence each season.
Consultant designer for some of Lineapiu’s customers in Italy, Germany and Japan including Jean Paul Gaultier, Valentino and Missoni.
LOUIS LONDON, Hong Kong 1986-88.
Drawing and painting patterns to be developed into knitted and embroidered garments.
FREELANCE CONSULTANT KNITWEAR DESIGNER 1988-89:
‘HERE & THERE’ Textile Prediction Co, New York, USA
-creating hand painted knitted and embroidered fabrics for H&T’s Trend publications.
CORIO STUDIO, London.(Knitwear design studio and agency) 1989-present.
Representing over 20 selected freelance textile designers . Selling original hand and machine knitted fabrics and samples to fashion and furnishing companies in USA, Europe and the Far East.
TUTORING AND LECTURING:
1986- to 1995 Visiting Lecturer in fashion/textiles and mixed media design at:-
Central St. Martins School of Art, London
Liverpool John Moore’s
Glasgow School of Art
Bucks New University