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You - 2021-10-10

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A DIFFERENT CLASS OF COLOUR

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WORDS: CHARLOTTE PAGE PHOTOGRAPHS: JAMES BALSTON

Iwould describe my style as classic with a twist,’ says artist Susi Bellamy, who creates vibrant textiles based on her paintings and marbled-paper designs. Her work is inspired by her love of colour, a passion that grew further when she lived in Tuscany for six years: ‘Being there opened up a whole new palette to play with.’ Susi has brought her love of colour to her home, an apartment in a converted Edwardian manor house in Northumberland. When she and her husband bought the property it needed a total rethink, so, in 2010, she called upon architect Ike Isenhour to amplify the space and turn it into a family home for them and their three small children. ‘Ike had the vision to make subtle changes that have had a huge impact on how we move around.’ Alterations included a vaulted ceiling that floods light throughout, and moving the staircase to give the family a bigger living space to enjoy. Susi, who once described her cushion designs as ‘art for the sofa’, has painted the downstairs in greys and soft blues to make her textiles stand out and recently reupholstered some furniture in jewel-coloured velvets which, she says, ‘is a great way to add personality to a room and also express myself’. Susi’s passion for colour saw her start The Colour Collective UK, a group that holds events exploring the magic of colour and also has a close relationship with the neuroscience department of Newcastle University. As Susi says, ‘I love to have fun transforming spaces by changing the patterns and colours of the accessories for a new look.’ Thanks to her designs, we can have fun, too. susi-bellamy.com

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