Susila Bailey-Bond

  • At midnight
  • High days and holidays
  • Through the jasmine
  • Spots fainting
 
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  • At midnight
    At midnight
    Mixed media: Tubes, giclee print & collage
    32 x 32 in
    Unique artwork
  • High days and holidays
    High days and holidays
    Papercut on wire with gold leaf
    32 x 32 in
    Unique artwork
  • Through the jasmine
    Through the jasmine
    Mixed media: Tubes, giclee print & collage 
    32 x 32 in
    Unique artwork
  • Spots fainting
    Spots fainting
    Papercut on pins 
    32 x 32 in
    Unique artwork
 
Bailey-Bond was born in Leeds to bohemian, peripatetic parents who moved between the Welsh mountains, Suffolk, India and many points in between. For a time she lived within an arts community on a rural farm, and spent much of her childhood drawing, painting and making things, which led naturally to art college and a fashion degree from Nottingham Trent University in 1998. Having spent years working in the fashion industry as a buyer and designer, Bailey-Bond put her art, craft, and computer-aided design skills together to create these beautiful, serene pieces, which contain between 500 and 5,000 or more papercuts and take up to three weeks to assemble.

Susila Bailey-Bond's delicate three-dimensional works suggest movement and grace, with densely-packed printed papercuts, from butterflies to aeroplanes, leaping off the board in a flurry of soft colours and shapes. These papercuts are designed and printed onto heavy watercolour paper before being hand-cut, adorned with gold or silver leaf, or Swarovski crystals, and carefully attached using wire and glue.
This website also shows examples of Susila's mixed media work that plays on elements of surprise, she uses 1000's of plastic tubes to isolate an image mounted beneath them from the viewer except when seen from certain angles.

"People often make judgements based upon appearance. In my most recent work I wanted to express an element of surprise, a feeling that you can't always judge a book by its cover. Using photographs & graphics I create these initially simple looking artworks which reveal their complexity to the right person when they achieve the right point of vision, much like we do as people when we open up to someone".