About Arts Education

North Van Arts offers arts education in the form of courses, workshops, and camps programming for all ages, interests and abilities.

Susan Purney Mark

Artist - Designer - Teacher


Studio: Pender Island

Website: www.susanpm.com

Email: susanpm@shaw.ca

As a textile artist, Susan has embarked on a life transforming journey into the world of colour, design and pattern. Working with textiles has become her method of self expression and the focus of her methods of communication.

She has studied Design, Patchwork and Embroidery with the prestigious City & Guilds Institute of London, England and has studied withinternationally acclaimed teachers/quilt makers Nancy Crow, Jan Meyers Newbury, Elin Noble, Gail Harker and Ruth Issett. Susan has also been awarded two Certificates in Art and Design and Textile Design/Decoration from the Gail Harker Creative Studies Centre in Washington, USA.

Susan has spent the last 20 years learning, experimenting and finally teaching a variety of surface design techniques in dyeing, painting, screen printing and image transfers. Most recently she has focused on mark making and textile narrative. Her work is known for its use of traditional methods with contemporary design and materials.

When time permits, Susan is an avid kayaker and gardener as well as an active member of the fibre arts community in British Columbia and is a member of national/ international fibre and surface design associations and is a qualified quilt judge.

Land Acknowledgment

We acknowledge that for thousands of years the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Kwakwaka’wakw peoples have walked gently on the unceded territories where we now live, work, and play. We seek a new relationship with the first peoples here; one based in honour and respect.