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Susi Bellamy Cushions creates vibrant, colourful 'art for the sofa' – textiles based on original and unique artwork painted in the studio. Her artwork is inspired by her great love of colour, her background as a fashion editor and her time working and living in Florence. The abstract designs used for the cushions with her rich, exuberant colours and the layering and marbling of paint bring to mind the rough texture of ancient Palazzo walls – surfaces with spaces that seem to contain their own layers of distance and perspective encrusted with strata of both landscape and surface decoration. The rich texture and subtle mark making created in Susi’s paintings are digitally transferred to both luxurious velvet and silky fabrics - this high quality printing process harnesses the rich texture of the artwork onto the printed surface.
Each cushion is filled with an over-stuffed duck feather filling that creates a sumptuous and opulent product - beautifully made and punctuating any interior with flashes of visual impact in a range of colour combinations. They work visually as groups of contrasting designs for a highly colourful impact, together with similar hues for a particular colour theme or used alone in conjunction with plains for a more classic look. This combination of uniqueness, colour and vibrancy will impact any interior in the same way as a piece of artwork. Susi has recently been exploring the Italian art of marbling and has created collages made from Florentine paper. Susi Bellamy Cushions are originated, printed and made in the England.
Susi is interested in the interface between colour, fashion and art. Often working within the limited colour palette for the fashion season, Susi adds a contemporary aesthetic to her work inspired by colour trends. Using acrylic paint, Susi’s atmospheric abstract paintings suggest landscape and pattern. She responds to the negative spaces and streaks left by the rough surface of her trowel, giving order to something that appears at random. Inspired by her time living in Florence she couldn’t help but be inspired by the Renaissance city and the skills of the local artisans. As she stacks layers and strata,each painting is allowed a certain element of evolutionary freedom within the context of her vision. ‘At a certain point the paint starts to take over– it starts to move and then within each painting is the suggestion of, a possibility for the next one.’ Once completed the paintings, created on a wooden surface, are sometimes cropped into squares and then edited down to smaller works. It was then viewing them all lined up on shelving in the studio which inspired the idea of creating a collection of cushions.
She attributes her ability to see, create, edit and compose to her days as a fashion editor for Conde Nast Publications in London. Standing behind the camera of some of photography’s greats, such as David Bailey and Norman Parkinson, she perfected the art of creating visual images for the magazine world, a skill that has been indispensable to her development as a painter. Susi has an MA in fine art from Northumbria University which culminated in a degree show at Baltic 39 in 2013. She now works from Cobalt Studios in the Ouseburn, Newcastle. Further highlighting her passion for colour, Susi recently became chairman of the Northern Chapter of the Colour Group (GB).
Visit Susi's art website here.