Susan Catcher initially qualified in textiles and used this specialism to work as a volunteer teacher in Kenya for three years. Whilst living in a mud hut she studied for a BA honours degree in art history with the Open University and on returning to the UK she attended Camberwell College of Arts, London and graduated with an MA in Conservation in 1998. After a period of freelance work she completed an internship in paper conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum and never really left. She is currently a Senior Paper Conservator in charge of loans with an interest in mixed-media and ephemeral objects whilst also specializing in East Asian art. This award will enable her to increase her Chinese scroll mounting skills in the studio of Nanjing Museum and to learn the art of taking an ink rubbing.
Susan will be attending a conference in Hong Kong to present a paper on the conservation of ten ink rubbings and will also travel on to a workshop in Seoul of the South Korean artist, Kwang-Young Chun, to study naturally dyed paper using plant material. This information will be disseminated to a Western audience during a conference in 2015.