Today’s post focuses on another of our very talented local artists: illustrator Elizabeth Pawle. Loveone first met Elizabeth a couple of years ago at one of the I Make Fun Stuff Street Markets, and we have been selling her items ever since.
Loveone adores the simplicity of Elizabeth’s designs and that the fact they are so different to anything else. Our customers love her work too and Cathy is smitten by her Elizabeth Pawle dog brooch (so much so that she wears it everyday!).
So today we thought it was time to find out more about this very talented local illustrator and printmaker and share it with you:
Hello Elizabeth, Please can you tell us a bit about yourself and your work?
I used to be a magazine journalist working mainly in interiors but I’ve loved drawing and painting since I was a child. After I had my son in 2011, I gave up work to look after him but I found my hands idle! I started drawing again on a small scale – I filled sketchbooks with lots of little creatures – and began turning my drawings into brooches. All of my shrink plastic brooches and necklaces are still drawn and cut by hand. I began working with wood last year – I love the contrast between the natural grain and the colours I lean towards using (mint greens, turquoise, bright yellow) and I love tiny details so drawing and painting on such a small scale is great!
What materials do you work with?
When painting I tend to use gouache alongside charcoal and my line work is always done in dip pen and ink – I can’t find any modern pen that gives such a good line! Gouache is such a versatile medium and the colours it gives are perfect for my work, which is simple and almost always against white.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from all over. I live in the countryside so I see a lot of animals (which I’ve always loved) and I also spend a lot of time outdoors in the woods and by the sea. Before I had a baby I travelled a lot and I think travel is a great inspiration to many artists, myself included.
What do you want people to think when they see your work?
People tell me my paintings are quite calm and that they make them smile. As for my animal brooches, I think they just make people happy! And a lot of people buy certain brooches (the grizzly bear, the dog, the sea otter) because they remind them of someone they know (usually their husband!).
Thank you so much to Elizabeth for being today’s interviewee!
Loveone currently has in stock various Elizabeth Pawle brooches, little wooden bowls and small prints. Prices for Elizabeth Pawle items start at £10.