Sue Tilley This Is My Life in art and fashion

SUE Tilley: author, model for Lucian Freud, and stalwart of the London fashion and clubbing scene, has been enjoying her first foray into the art world as a practitioner, rather than a model or a muse.

Sue Tilley This Is My LifeThree canvases from the Favourite Things section of This Is My Life

Tilley’s first show This Is My Life has been running since last month and ends in a few weeks time when Tilley plans to celebrate it with a Closing Party which – if it’s half as jam-packed and jolly as her launch night – will be a date not to miss.

Sue Tilley This Is My Life

Sue Tilley plying her wares at the recent Axiom Sample Sale

T-shirts and prints made for the launch night sold so well that Tilley’s extended the range, and even manned a stall at the recent Axiom Sample Sale – which she hopes will become a regular event – and is in the process of setting up a website.

Sue Tilley This Is My LifeStylist and accessories designer Judy Blame wears Sue Tilley at Axiom Sample Sale

Catch the exhibition before it closes. You will miss a few key pieces: Tilley’s Custard Cream was stolen from the Gallery last week. “A heist!” commented Tilley, clearly thrilled.

Sue Tilley This Is My LifeFashion designer Louise Gray wearing Sue Tilley t-shirt

Also, Tilley has a tendency to let those buyers who have ‘come a long way’ take the art from the walls and go home with it there and then. “I don’t like to disappoint,” she says, “and besides, it saves on postage.”

by Rachel McCormack

This Is My Life is at  Forman’s Smokehouse Gallery, Stour Road, London E3 and runs until 12th November, Open Thursday and Friday 5-9pm and Saturday and Sunday 12-5pm

All images in this post © Sue Tilley

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