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I am also interested in the changing landscape of Toronto as refugees and immigrants from far off places bring with them little fragments of their cultures and the plants they know how to grow, and how this is affecting the overall landscape of the city, and its gardens. I am finding with climate change the evidence that southern species are taking hold and seeming to do better than our own native plants.

change is good

I have always been interested in cocoons and chrysalis.

In this work I am exploring the process of transformation,  spiritual and psychological  and how it is constantly happening within a hidden environment.

We are always changing, our bodies, our minds, our feelings are always in flux.

This work comes from a feeling I have in myself as part of our fragile technologically hybridized humanity.

Of our connections and lack of them,  to this our only Planet and the creatures we share it with, and each other.IMG_1266

Up cycling, restructuring,sustainable.

I believe that the only way that the fashion industry is sustainable, is if we band together in appreciating the notion of up-cycling not as a fad but a way of life. A concept that has been embraced and enforced by Lilith designs since 1989.The first of its kind in Toronto.

Fashion needs its designers to aspire to use only what is necessary , maximizing the materials currently available and vow to waste as little as possible.



Maihyet Burton received much of her education growing up in a home that doubled as her parents multi-media art studio. An artist, whose professional practice includes clothing design, photography, painting and experimental media. Burton’s first love of the visual arts is photography, through which she has explored both landscape and portraits. Her newer work includes portraiture, with luxurious and haunting depictions of a future culture after the fall of our civilization. In the past, she has turned her attention toward a multi-media approach involving pastels, paints, encaustic and photographic collage. In her new work archetypal figures seek to juxtapose the dark and scary with the fanciful and joyous. As well as nature with the supernatural.

Textile arts, fabrication and surface design have long been a source of inspiration and exploration for Maihyet, and turning these 2 dimensional images into 3 dimensional designs, sculpture and wearable art are now at the heart of her practise.

Maihyet is Owner, Designer and Operator of Toronto’s Lilith. A boutique she founded 27 years ago.