Artist: Lilian Sutton

A striking model wears an outfit of stiff fabric, laced at the shoulder.

MA Contemporary Crafts
Hereford College of Arts

Lilian is a textiles & mixed media artist.

Lilian’s practice explores and challenges the ideals of female body image upheld by society. Lilian sees the body and the way we alter our image with clothing as a powerful tool for communication. Combining textiles with metalwork and jesmonite body casting, Lilian uses her own female form as the inspiration for her garments. Highlighting the negative impact of societal pressures on her view of her own body, Lilian has created a collection of wearable pieces that question our views on weight, shape, purpose, nudity and ageing in relation to the female body.

A striking model wears a dress which gives a stiff round shape and shows a large feather.
A striking model wears a loose dress and large necklace.
A pale dress with marked lines like body shapes.
A striking model wears a dress which billows out in the skirt.

In:Site 2022

Lilian is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event took place in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Lilian Sutton’s project, Our Bodies, Our Journey looked at body image: the way we alter our image with clothing, and how society’s fixed beauty ideals shape the view we have of ourselves. Using a combination of textiles and mixed media, Lilian invited people to work collaboratively on individual adornments for a protective garment, sharing positive messages about diverse bodies and unpacking beauty myths.

A dress hangs on a blue & gold railing
The hem of a dress decorated with fabric flower applique hangs on a railing with people walking past in the background
The hem of a dress decorated with colourful fabric flowers
The hem of a dress decorated in colourful fabric applique viewed through a railing with a cathedral in the background

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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