Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Me and My Wardrobe

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Me and My Wardrobe

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Suzy Varty, 56, from Jesmond Vale, Newcastle, is a freelance cartoonist/illustrator, working mostly from home, with forays to various venues to do cartoon workshops, courses and artist residencies.

Suzy was the brains behind the Comic Art Festival during the 1996 visual arts year and the editor and designer of the first British Women's Comic in 1977. She says although the comic industry has grown to a reasonable size in this country and gained kudos, it is not considered as influential as in other parts of the world, like Japan and France.

Describe your style?

Stylish-beatnik, a bit quirky. Subconsciously, I suppose, I have a restricted colour palette. I think it's because I used to just work in black and white and patterns I choose tend to be graphic rather than decorative.

What do you wear for daytime/work?

Anything I'm in the mood for: skirt, trousers, jeans. My best jeans are straight leg Cherokees from Tesco. I fought to wear jeans when I was 13. I was told they were for boys, but I got some eventually. They were 2/11d (14p) What I wear during the day has to be reasonably appropriate to where I'm working, but if I'm inspired and in a rush, it's my nightie!

Favourite evening outfit?

I'm currently keen on my black and white circular skirt with sequins that I bought in the spring from the Fenwick French Salon. It twirls nicely when I dance. It came with an extra supply of sequins as wherever you go in it there's always a sequin or two left behind.

Typical weekend wear?

Trousers, T-shirt, waistcoat and open sandals by Mephisto recently for summer, which I'm going to be wearing for autumn with black individual toe socks by Muji. That's my autumn trend tip.

How often do you buy something new?

When I see something that'll suit me, shape and style-wise. I can't bear high street fashion trends at the moment, so when I see something I like it stands out a mile. …

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