Debbie Lyddon is an artist based in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

Her inspiration comes from being out in the natural world – from walking, noticing, collecting, being curious and learning. She makes mixed media cloths, sculptures, installations and drawings which originate from thoughts and memories that are a consequence of experiencing place and paying attention.


Cloth and traditional utilitarian hand-stitching are at the foundation of my work. Cloth is found in coastal environments in the form of tarpaulins, boat covers and sails and I allude to their functional purpose in my work. The materials that I use in conjunction with cloth – salt, bitumen, wax, varnish – are substances that are found in a coastal location and they play an integral part in relating the cloth objects I make to their surroundings.

My practice aims to evoke a multi-sensory interpretation of my surroundings to promote an awareness of the relationship between the visual, aural and tactile landscape.’


‘My work is informed by:

Things I have noticed and things I have remembered.

The light, water, the weather.

The processes and rhythms of natural phenomena.


Impermanence, change and degeneration.

Sound, stillness and silence.



MA Contemporary Textiles (2009-2011) University of Hertfordshire 

HE Dip Stitched Textiles (2005-2008) Bucks New University 

Royal Academy of Music (1978 -1981)

Professional Activities

Member of the 62 Group of Textile Artists

Chair of the 62 Group of Textile Artists, 2018-2021

Member of the Society of Designer Craftsmen

Committee member North Norfolk Exhibition Project

My Books

Moments of Being, 2016

Fragments, 2021


Fibre Arts Take Two, Online Workshop. Sensing Place: A Material Response


Kings Lynn Magazine, Issue 92, May 2018, p110-112

Handmade magazine, winter 2017, p38-41


Ebb and Flow, Embroidery, July/August 2017, p44-49

Art Quilting Studio, Marshscapes by Rice Freeman-Zachery, Summer 2015


Hannah Lamb: Poetic Cloth: Creating meaning in textile art, Batsford, 2019

Shelley Rhodes: Sketchbook Explorations: Mixed Media Approaches for Textile Artists, Batsford, 2018

Andra Stanton: Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists, Schiffer Publishing Limited, 2018

Alannah Moore: The Collage Ideas Book, Ilex Press, 2018

Mandy Patullo, Textile Collage, Batsford, 2016

Alice Fox: Natural Processes in Textile Art: From Rust Dyeing to Found Objects, Batsford, 2015

Julia Triston, Contemporary Applique, Batsford, 2014

C. June Barnes, Exploring Dimension in Quilt Art, Batsford, 2012

Sandra Meech, Connecting Design to Stitch, Batsford, 2012

Kim Thittichai, Experimental Textiles, Batsford, 2009

Web Articles

TextileArtist.org e-book, Textiles: A response to Landscape, 2016

Debbie Lyddon: Art that Inspires, www.textileartist.org, 2016

Debbie Lyddon: Responding to Environment, www.textileartist.org, 2013