My work is inspired and influenced by the rural surroundings on my doorstep, together with close up details of Plants and flowers. I spend time looking really closely at the form, colour and patterns found in the easily overlooked tiny wild pollinating flowers and plants at the side of the roads and at the edges of fields.
My work reacts to my surroundings so travel always inspires new research, a fresh palette and how we respond to the natural world. How does it make us feel?
I studied Textile Design at Chelsea School of Art and my drawings and paintings have a strong textile feel.
Using mixed media, my observations of the landscape become woven knits of pattern, colour and line. I frequently sketch ‘en plein air’ on small postcards creating a visual diary.
My earlier career in Creative Services and store environments for Premium Fashion Retail Brands enabled me to develop a strong commercial eye. Working collaboratively with Artists and Makers from many disciplines my work included window concepts, visual merchandising and interior styling.
During this time I worked in Europe and the the US, living in New York where I was Senior Director of Retail Visual Merchandising for DKNY.
Back in London I have produced and directed commissions for many Premium Fashion Brands including Selfridges, Harvey Nichols and high Street brands Karen Millen, Gap and Matalan.
Adapting proportion and scale, I accept commissions and site specific artworks for commercial or residential clients. For further info please contact me via the form below.
© 2020 by Alison Cook.