You don’t take pictures; the good ones happen to you.
Born: 1972 in Leeds, UK
Bio: As a child Susila Bailey-Bond moved between the Welsh mountains, Suffolk, India and other points in between. For a time Susila lived within an arts community on a rural farm, and spent her time drawing, painting and creating ‘things’. All of this led naturally to art college, and then a fashion degree from Nottingham Trent University in 1998.
Having spent a number of years working successfully in the fashion industry, in 2009 Susila finally left this corporate world to follow her dream. She combined her art, craft, and design skills to create beautiful, serene pieces, in a variety of mediums.
Susila Bailey-Bond’s delicate three-dimensional artworks suggest movement and grace, with densely-packed printed papercuts, from butterflies, leaves, and flowers, to aeroplanes and other icons, all fluttering or swarming around the canvas in a flurry of soft colours and shapes.
These extraordinary pieces contain between 500 – 10,000 or more individual cut elements and can take up to six weeks to assemble. The individual pieces are digitally designed and then printed onto heavy watercolour paper before being hand-cut, adorned with gold or silver leaf, or Swarovski crystals, and then carefully composed using wire and glue.
“My work is mainly based around nature, with themes of freedom, movement, and calmness. There is already enough darkness in the world so I feel that my work needs to resonate a tranquil sense, exude calm & encourage light.”
In 2011 luxury jewellers Tiffany & Co commissioned three major works for their stores in London’s Bond Street, Seattle and Los Angeles. Susila has also created works for luxury brand Davidoff and was invited to design an Elephant for the Great Elephant Parade 2017 European Tour.
Her work was included in the book ‘Papercraft II’, published by Gestalten and has appeared in periodicals such as Living Etc, Bliss, Vogue, Arts Vice, B magazine, as well as numerous online blogs.
Susila’s work is regularly exhibited at major art fairs and exhibitions across the USA, London, Europe and Aisa. She has had two solo shows at Woolff Gallery, London. Her work appears in private and corporate collections across the globe.