Our distinctive held pomegranate logo, and many of the figurative artworks that feature within La-Eva are creations by Yorkshire-based print maker Izzy Williamson, whose bohemian style and use of rich, bold colours we simply love. Izzy's work draws on our connection to the natural world, expressing unique, whimsical narratives that are inspired by folklore and mythology as well as the small joys of every day.
Tell us a little bit about you and how your creative story began.
I am a printmaker living in York and specialising in linocut. I think my creative story has grown with me since childhood- my sister, brother and I were all endlessly encouraged to look closely at what was around us and to make things. We grew up in the Whitby area on the Yorkshire coast which is drenched in folklore and beautiful spots. My mum, who would make displays in the house of fresh flowers, animal skulls, moss, twigs, pumpkins...we couldn't be bored as there was always too much drawing/ walking/ gathering to be done! I would also visit my Grandpa regularly, he was a practicing artist and we would sit together and draw from his collection of art books while my Grandma made her famous egg and chips. These feelings of nostalgia and closeness to nature still remain a driving force behind my work and help to keep me grounded.
I graduated from Leeds College of Art in 2015 with a BA in Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design where I developed my love for printmaking and print design (and made some really great friends). Since graduating, I have been making and selling original, limited edition prints and cards and have worked on some wonderful commissions, including making four designs for fabric and wallpaper for interiors company 'Cocoon Home' and of course working for La-Eva.
How would you describe your work in three words?
Intricate. Playful. Curious.
What or who inspires/influences you and your work most?
I have a love of rich colours and imagery, taking inspiration from folk stories and myths I have heard, beautiful objects, other cultures, nature and increasingly music. The narratives are often made up from an amalgamation of my sketches or based on what has happened in my day-to-day ponderings. I try to approach my work with both a sense of humour and a sense of darkness which I think has stemmed from my love of Medieval art.
What is your creative process?
At the moment I am working almost exclusively making original linocuts- a printmaking technique that involves carving into sheets of lino with a gouge, rolling a layer of ink over it's surface and applying pressure to paper to get a reverse image. It is such a gorgeous process as it is accessible to just about everybody and can be as simple or complex as you like.
Personally, I find the process gives me a really lovely balance of playfulness and precision. It can take me weeks to plan, carve and print an image but there still often remains an element of surprise amongst the periods of concentration. I find it to be the perfect way to exercise mindfulness, particularly during the carving stage.