Name: Alys Paterson
How would you describe your work?
Wow it’s hard to describe your own work! It’s colourful, happy and hopefully a little bit magical.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on some cards for John Lewis. After that I am planning a screen print of a boat.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
People, books, music, art, folklore, poetry, films, music, walks, natural history….and on and on….
3 artists/designers you love and why!:
Howard Hodgkin - what he does with colour is phenomenal. Though seemingly abstract his pictures are full of emotion and feeling. Each painting is associated with a memory, a person or place. This is idea is central to my work too, many of the themes I go back to are in very linked to my childhood or linked in with how I am feeling or how I want to feel.
Maria Kalman - read "Principle of Uncertainty' or look at her blog ‘The Pursuit of Happiness’ and you will love her too:
Rob Ryan – His work is beautiful, lyrical and all over my walls!
3 things that make you smile:
Family and friends
Gretel – our family cat
Do you have any other upcoming exhibitions/shows etc:
I have been asked me to take part in the next 'Girls Who Draw' postcard book and exhibition, which I am very excited about.