Debbie Lyddon MSDC

Stitched & Constructed Textiles

About Debbie
Debbie Lyddon is a textile artist and maker. Her work explores landscape and place and her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings. Debbie’s practice combines traditional stitch techniques with non-traditional materials such as bitumen, salt and wax to make ambiguous 2-D and 3-D works that evoke the sights, sounds and touch of coastal environments. Debbie has an MA in Contemporary Textiles from the University of Hertfordshire and is a member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, Studio 21 and the Society of Designer Craftsmen.
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Debbie’s creative practice explores landscape and place and includes mixed media cloths, sculpture, installation and drawing. Her inspiration comes from experiencing and paying attention to her surroundings.

Debbie’s interest lies in how we perceive natural phenomena – air, wind, water, light and sound – in the environment. Her inspiration comes from walking, noticing and collecting. As an artist and a musician her work is not only inspired by things that can be seen but also by things that can be heard and touched. Debbie’s current practice explores coastal locations and the processes of change that are engendered on the landscape and the objects in it.

Cloth and traditional utilitarian hand-stitching are the foundation of Debbie’s work. Cloth is found in coastal environments in the form of tarpaulins, boat covers and sails and she alludes to their functional purpose in her work. The materials that she uses in conjunction with cloth – salt, bitumen, wax, varnish – are substances that are found in a coastal location and they play an integral part in relating the cloth objects to their surroundings.

Debbie’s practice aims to evoke a multi-sensory interpretation of her surroundings to promote an awareness of the relationship between the visual, aural and tactile landscape.

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Art Education

2009 – 2011 University of Hertfordshire

MA Contemporary Textiles (Distinction)

2005 – 2008 Bucks New University

HE Dip Stitched Textiles (Distinction)

2002 – 2005 Richmond Community College

City and Guilds, Part I and II – Creative Studies, Embroidery

Work Experience

Debbie runs workshops, give talks and offer mentoring to groups, clubs and schools.

Publications

Her work can be seen in:

TextileArtist.org e-book, Textiles: A response to Landscape, 2016

Art Quilting Studio, Summer 2015, Marshscapes by Rice Freeman-Zachery

Alice Fox: Natural Processes in Textile Art: From Rust Dyeing to Found Objects, Batsford, 2015

Julia Triston, Contemporary Applique, Batsford, 2014

C. June Barnes, Exploring Dimension in Quilt Art, Batsford, 2012

Sandra Meech, Connecting Design to Stitch, Batsford, 2012

Kim Thittichai, Experimental Textiles, Batsford, 2009

Web Article

Debbie Lyddon: Art that Inspires, www.textileartist.org, 2016

Debbie Lyddon: Responding to Environment, www.textileartist.org, 2013

Aeolian Pipes and Air-songs Booklet

Memberships

62 Group of Textile Artists’

Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

Studio 21

Solo Exhibitions

2016 Moments of Being, The Knitting & Stitching Shows, London and Harrogate

2014 Caught by the Tide, Society of Designer Craftsmen Gallery, Rivington Street, London

Group Exhibitions

2018

CTRL/Shift, 62 Group of Textile Artists, MAC Birmingham, Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham B12 9QH,

CLEY 18, ‘The greater the distance the clearer the view’, St Margaret’s Church, Holt Road Cley NR25 7TT

Wells Heritage Art Trail: People of the Sea and Shore, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Contemporary Textile Fair, Landmark Arts Centre, Ferry Road, Teddington, TW11 9NN.

2017

The Knitting and Stitching Shows, London, Harrogate and Dublin. Studio 21, The Sewing Machine Project

Society of Designer Craftsmen, North Surrey Group, The Makers Art 2017, Cranleigh Art Centre 1 High Street, Cranleigh, Surrey GU6 8AS, 10-16.30, Free Entry. I’ll be showing several new Marshscape Collages in this group show.

CLEY 17, CONNECTIVITY, St Margaret’s Church, Holt Road Cley NR25 7TT

The Archive Project, The Cello Factory, 33-34 Cornwall Road, London SE1 8TJ

Knitting and Stitching Show, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Making Space, The 62 Group of Textile Artists

Spring Knitting and Stitching Show, Olympia , London, Making Space, The 62 Group of Textile Artists

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