Lotty B interview in C&LM

June 01, 2005

Lotty Bunbury painting

Sarong Song

By CULTURE AND LEISURE MAGAZINE

Lotty spent her childhood travelling the globe. Her father was a British Army officer who moved his family - Lotty is the fourth of ten children - to countries as varied as Ghana, Malawi, Cyprus and Malaya. Although her love of art orginated with her mother, Lotty began her formal art education at the Chelsea Arts School where she planned to study mural painting. Eventually switching to stained glass, she gre interested in silk painting after she married her husband, Dr Michael Bunbury, and the couple settled on the Caribbean island of Mustique where Michael is the sole physician. They now have four children, ages 12, 11, 10 and 7, and enjoy an active outdoors lifestyle. When Lotty isn't being a wife and mom, she spends her time creating bold new designs for her inimitable line of silk sarongs and other distinctive beach apparel.

What distinguishes the Lotty B collection from the sarongs trypically found in resorts towns is the process, which of course affects the product. Each original design is hand-painted by Lotty herself and then reproduced onto silk charmeuse or silk chiffon, with hand-sewn edging. The results range from simple and classic to fun and flirty in a wide range of summer hues, often inspired by the flora and fauna of what Lotty describes as the "paradise island" of Mustique.

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