Bridget Bailey comes from a fashion background, having studied textiles at West Surrey College of Art. In1990 she co-founded the Bailey Tomlin brand, designing and producing millinery for labels such as Jean Muir, Mulberry, and Liberty. Since 2010 Bridget’s practice has changed direction to using the techniques and materials of textiles and millinery to make artworks.
The materials and textiles that Bridget used while working in millinery are still heavily present in her works. However, she has found new ways to use them- whether it’s laying velvet under veiling for a furry bee’s bottom, winding thread to make a tiny midge, or sewing lavender stems into a flowing tangle with tiny stitches.