Susie Freeman

"My activity as an artist can be described as that of trapping tiny objects in a delicate web of filament.  Similarly, recent work considers how throughout our lives we collect and throw away, select and discard, objects which we feel are important or irrelevant.  We keep things we feel say something about us, either because they change with the passing of time, or remain the same.  My fabrics can present hundreds of objects in a single piece or focus on a small selection, making it possible to show similarities, contrasts, histories and developments.

"I often work collaboratively with a family doctor Liz Lee and we are joined for large scale commissions by artist David Critchley.  Calling ourselves Pharmacopoeia we make artworks which illustrate medical issues.  We are best known for Cradle to Grave, commissioned by The British Museum and currently on display in the museum’s Living and Dying exhibition.  It has three linked narratives; a ‘pill’ diary, objects, and personal photographs.  The pocket knitted pill diary incorporates all the estimated prescription drugs an average man and woman might take in a lifetime for common illnesses." 

Susie Freeman studied at Manchester School of Art and the Royal College of Art, London.


Pocket Books, Black Gull Bookshop, Set Leonards on Sea
70 Trees, Rowley Gallery, London
Women At The Heart of General Practice (online exhibition), RCGP
Amazing Women, City of Culture, Coventry 21 City Centre
WOWI+ (touring retrospective), Ruthin Crafts Centre, North Wales
WOWI (What Once Was Imagined), Royal College of General Practitioners, London
Criminal Ornamentation, selected by Yinka Shonibare, Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, RAMM Exeter, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Southampton Art Gallery
WOWI (What Once Was Imagined), Royal College of General Practitioners, London
Criminal Ornamentation, selected by Yinka Shonibare, Arts Council Collection touring exhibition, Attenborough Arts Centre, Leicester
Making Space for Hope, Rowley Gallery, London
Freeman & Lee, CBG Medicines Evaluation Board, Utrecht
Yeheye Beseder, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
INVENTO, São Paulo, Brazil
Homomedicus, Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Knit, Cartwright Hall, Bradford
Transformations & Resolutions, CAA at Circus, London
Armour & Jubilee, Royal College of GPs, London
FAT, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
Femme Vitale, Medical Museion, Copenhagen
Subversive Design, Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
Pillen en Poeders, Boerhaave Museum, Leiden
Compass, Art@42, London
Niet Normaal, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool
Love, Vitrine Exhibition, V&V Galerie, Vienna
Target The Heart, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
40/40, Crafts Council, Online Exhibition
Daglig Dosis, KunstCentret Silkeborg Bad
Primary Structures, San José Museum of Textiles, California
Nicht Normaal, The Kleisthaus, Berlin
Girls Behind Bars, Together Our Space, London
A Unique Proposal, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
Unpack London, Shanghai Expo
Green Attitude, Sanlitun Village & Zhongguancun, China
Niet Normaal, Beurs van Berlage, Amsterdam
Medicine & Art, Mori Museum, Tokyo
Infectious, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
Fashion Art, World Trade Centre, Beijing
Pills, Science Gallery, Trinity College, Dublin
Medical Mesh, Bergen Museum of Decorative Arts
Schmerz, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Berlin
A N Other, Pentonville Prison Chapel, London
The John Charnley Trust, Wrightson Hospital, Wigan
Artwear, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
ARTAID Crusaid, Royal College of Art, London
Female Pharmacopoeia, Gimpel Fils, London
Lies Lust Art & Fashion, Podewil, Berlin


Medical Museion, Copenhagen
Royal College of General Practioners
Victoria & Albert Museum
The Wellcome Trust
The British Museum
Geffrye Museum
Crafts Council
Whitworth Art Gallery
Kwangju Textile Museum
Bergen Decorative Arts Museum




  • A.R.T. by Susie Freeman
  • Allsorts by Susie Freeman
  • Bacteriology Illustrated Sampler by Susie Freeman
  • Berries by Susie Freeman
  • Black Medick by Susie Freeman
  • Buttercup by Susie Freeman
  • Compass by Susie Freeman
  • Cradle To Grave Sampler by Susie Freeman
  • Double Six by Susie Freeman
  • Forest by Susie Freeman
  • Good Taste by Susie Freeman
  • Kaleidoscope by Susie Freeman
  • Kim's Game by Susie Freeman
  • Kiss My Art by Susie Freeman
  • Paris by Susie Freeman
  • Pill Packs by Susie Freeman
  • Players by Susie Freeman
  • Rock Rose by Susie Freeman
  • Saturday by Susie Freeman
  • Sonnet by Susie Freeman
  • The Treasure Hunters (detail) by Susie Freeman
  • this & that by Susie Freeman
  • Treatment by Susie Freeman
  • Tree by Susie Freeman
  • Tuesday by Susie Freeman
  • Two By Two by Susie Freeman
  • Wavy Hair by Susie Freeman
  • White Van by Susie Freeman
  • Wilde by Susie Freeman