Bailey-Bond was born in Leeds (1972) 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. Following art college Bailey-Bond spent many years working in the UK fashion industry as a buyer and designer, she also put her art, craft, and computer-aided design skills together and worked on developing her unique style.
Bailey-Bond is mostly known for her three-dimensional papercut work where thousands of densely packed paper icons leap from the canvas in a flurry of soft colours and shapes. More recent work plays on elements of surprise, using plastic tubes to isolate an image mounted beneath them from the viewer except when seen from certain angles.
“You can’t judge a book by looking at the cover…. We all make judgements based on what we see, this happens everyday. We often don’t have the time to look beneath the surface before we form opinions but what you see is not always what you get. Sometimes the best qualities can be found when you delve a little deeper.
My recent work looks at this. At first you see just a white box but if you move around the work and look at it face-on then the inside is revealed… If we are patient and look close enough then beauty can be drawn out of pretty much anything – sometimes all it takes is a bit of patience…” Susila Bailey-Bond
Bailey-Bond’s work has been widely exhibited at major art fairs in London, Miami, Chicago, New York and Toronto. Her work can be found in private collections internationally. Clients include Tiffany & co, and Davidoff.