Susan Keene was born in Toronto and graduated from the Ontario College of Art in 1979. She has been an educator, writer, editor and curator. Keene works with textiles and handmade paper, often using flax and cotton fibre with dyes. In 1991, she was presented with the Saidye Bronfman Award and she was elected to the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts in 2005. Her work is in Canadian embassies in Korea and Chile and in the collection of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, as well as many other public, corporate, and private collections.