I received a nice email from Laura Williams over the weekend letting me know she had a new print up on her Society 6 page, called Yellow Redfish. Normally I try not to post about flat out products, telling people to buy things, but I’ve been a fan of Laura’s work for a while and I feel that this is one of her finest pieces yet. It’s amazing how she’s able to layer in so many interesting patterns and textures yet her pieces still seem so graceful and uncluttered. I asked her about the inspiration for this piece, and here’s what she said:
When I begin a pattern I am trying to pin down a physical or emotional sensation, something akin to memory. It is like chasing a dream that you can not quite put your finger on and all you have to work with is a vague knowing. There are no words or pictures yet.
With Yellow RedFish, I started with a drawing of some fish which are from a photo I took on Canal Street in NY. The layers were drawn and painted and then scanned into Photoshop. Occasionally I have used Illustrator to create a line or form. I added other watery elements and built layers all in search of the elusive feeling that was haunting me. The looping trail in Yellow RedFish was created from the spots on a sea slug. Sometimes I reference a creature or an object, but sometimes it is just about the gesture of a line and its energy which I want to repeat to create a certain rhythm in the pattern. There is just something about the way the pencil hits the paper and what it leaves behind which speaks to the mood I am seeking.
I have wanted to see my patterns as IPhone cases for a long time and I love the Laptop skins too. I am planning on doing a new image every month for Society 6. Starting with tidal pools and then heading who knows where.
You can snag a copy for yourself by clicking here.