Susan Neil

I have always been fascinated by textiles and clothing. Not just the physical stuff, the way it looks and feels; but its social and cultural significance. The way it carries the history of the wearer.

I loved the flamboyance of hats from childhood and trained as a milliner at the London College of Fashion in 1999 before starting my own millinery brand.  As well as occasion hats I produced a range of men’s cloth caps using recycled clothing for the fashion brand, Timberland’s, flagship stores in Spitalfields and Regent Street. I also exhibited my final project from my Textile Foundation course there in 2005.  An installation inspired by my childhood association with Spitalfieldsand its history.

Since then, I have continued to experiment with fashion and textiles both at Morley College and beyond. Exhibiting at the Morley Gallery as part of group exhibitions in textiles and fashion. More recently my focus has been on sustainable fashion and textiles and I have loved exploring the alchemy of natural dye and botanical print combined with recycled and vintage fabrics.

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