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Lydia Sutton

Lydia Dillon-Sutton, a Tucson, Arizona, artist who works in the fascinating medium of batik, was been named the first poster award winner of the St. George Art Festival in 1988. Dillon-Sutton's colorful and delightful piece depicting three Indian girls is featured on the festival's 1988 promotional poster, and on the cover of Desert Southwest. Using the basic tools of cloth, beeswax, and dye, Dillon-Sutton has mastered this 1,000-year-old art and applied it to her favorite themes: the Indians, animals, and landscapes of the Southwest. The artist first discovered the technique in 1970. During the l960s, it had been used extensively to create tie-dye designs, but few had actually perfected it as a medium for fine art. Now Dillon-Sutton is one of only a handful of successful batik "artists," although batik "design" is still widely practiced. Critics indicate that line in motion with a rich use and unique understanding of color set Dillon-Sutton's batiks apart. She gives new perspectives to what batik art has been known as before. While her works are done in the traditional vat-dyed method, involving up to 10 different dye baths, she continuously explores the new possibilities in color, form, and technique. She shows the tempo of everyday life in the Indian and Mexican cultures, capturing the motion and moods of its people.