I believe that most of us from time to time feel the need to surround ourselves with bright objects. Especially after long winters, during rainy days or just on one of those occasions when we feel the lack of energy. Colours hold a lot of power. And this power can lift up our mood or bring back some happy memories.
For that reason I would like to share with you some really uplifting colourful pieces of art, created by Liz Payne, Sydney based artist. Beautiful combination of bright brush strokes and embroidered, embellished patterns by Liz might be just perfect to cheer you up on one of those gloomy days.
Liz also agreed to answer a few questions for the blog. And I think she has a great advice for all the fresh artists out there. So continue reading…
What do we need to know about you?
My name is Liz Payne, I am an artist and graphic designer, living in the inner west of Sydney, Australia with my lovely husband Myles and our adorable dog, Buster. My artworks combine painting onto textiles, or sometimes printing onto paper, with embellishments like embroidery, sequins, beads or fringing. Sometimes all at once!
What are your daily inspirations? What motivates you?
As clichéd as it sounds I am inspired by everything around me – you never know when inspiration will hit! I love Instagram and am constantly inspired by some of the most amazing creatives out there. Pinterest is also equally addictive. I also like to read design blogs, magazines when I can and I’m constantly motivated, inspired and interested in the history of textile practices from around the globe, from day dot to now.
Describe your creative process. What is your favourite part of it?
I generally will have an idea in my head and sometimes I’ll even do a rough sketch on paper or even in Photoshop, but generally the best thing for me to do is start painting. I like using colour (a lot of it) so I find being surrounded by it is important. I’ll work on a couple of pieces at once until one seems to take the lead and then I’ll focus on that. After hanging them out to dry, I can then unleash with thread, wool, beads or sequins, gradually adding layer upon layer until it’s finished. Because my pieces are completely made by hand, it can be time consuming – but it’s my favourite part – except for the occasional stabbing of a finger!
How does your work space look like? What do you like about it? What would you change?
Currently, I’m working from home, so some days the balance of home and work can get blurred! There are certainly advantages, like having my dog sit at my feet and starting work first thing still in pyjamas! But there are also disadvantages, like seeing the dishes while I’m working, or still working until far too late. I would love one day to have a huge wide open studio with big benches, lots of natural light, surrounded by greenery that stays alive even though I’d always forget to water it…. But who wouldn’t!
Describe your typical day
I wake up early and like to get started first thing. I’ll have brekky while I’m on the computer finishing jobs, writing lists, and trying to get some embroidering done. I’ll work for a couple of hours until I take my dog Buster out for a big walk. Then it’s back to working, either on my graphic design work or more embroidering, planning of new works, building frames (which I also have started making), updating my Etsy shop… Each day is different depending on what needs getting done and I love that aspect. I freely jump from one job to the other, and multi task most of the time – while I’m waiting for my laptop to load, I’m stitching. Always, always stitching!
Your tips for fresh artists, designers and makers
Persistence! Wonderful things come out of mistakes. There’s a wonderful quote somewhere about when you buy
from an artist, you’re not only buying that end product, but also the hours of failed attempts and experiments that lead to it. I think this is a wonderful reminder to stick with it, and to embrace any mistakes you make along the way.
All the images used in this post are the property of Liz Payne.