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Zoe Bios Creative Teams with SFC for October High Point Market Event

Dr. Susanna Paisley will deliver a talk on Biodiversity in Design.

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Biologist Dr. Susanna Paisley uses her art to express the need for environmental awareness and conservation.

Art resource Zoe Bios Creative announces it will team up with the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) to co-host a special October High Point Market event on Monday, Oct. 21, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the High Point Tile and Marble Building, located at 108-110 S. Elm St.

Dr. Susanna Paisley is set to present ‘Biodiversity in Design,’ a topic the conservation biologist-turned-artist is intimately familiar with.

Without formal art training, Paisley began the practice of illustrating her field notes in the tradition of scientists like Maria Sibylla Merian, who created detailed, sensitive depictions of the flora and fauna they studied.

Now, she translates her illustrations into a collection of fabric and wall coverings sold to the residential, commercial and bespoke design trade under the label Newton Paisley. Each pattern portrays the beauty of neglected and endangered species, and a percentage of proceeds are donated to nature conservation. 

“When we first encountered Susy’s illustrations, we were impressed by how her art is a bridge to consciousness raising,” says Minh Ngyuen, co-founder, Zoe Bios Creative. “Her illustrations are a powerful reminder that we are all responsible for our planet’s future.”

Since the business launched in London in 2016, Newton Paisley has been recognized with the Kent Creative Design Award; it has been included in 50 Highlights of London Design Week; featured in Homes and Gardens, and secured top accolades in New York, including Best in Show in Wall Coverings from the IFDA and ICFF in May 2018, and was among the Top Picks at ICFF, named by Architectural Digest

Paisley comes by her passion for textiles naturally, with roots traceable to Scottish tweed weavers and merchants, and to High Point, NC’s cotton and textile legacy.

Her talk at Zoe Bios Creative will reference Paisley’s collection entitled ‘The Carolina Tree of Life.’ SFC Executive Director Susan Inglis will provide an introduction to the organization’s work and membership opportunities. Light refreshments will be served.

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