Artist you need to know: Liz Payne

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Liz Payne

Sydney artist Liz Payne talks to us about her work, and how to use colour in your home

One of Liz’s painterly embroidery art pieces in progress.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic, modern, colourful.

What inspires your work?

I get a lot of inspiration from historical influences, for example the beautiful textiles and beaded artefacts from countries such as Nigeria, Guatemala and Uzbekistan – where pieces were not only decorative and functional but also told a story of the many hours and hands that worked on it. 

I’m also immensely inspired by contemporary influence and trends in fashion, culture, media and design. I think it’s this blend of the old with the new that I find really appealing.

You obviously love working with colour. What tips do you have about decorating with colour in your home?

I love using colour. The words “to mix, and not to match” ring true for me in my work and also decorating at home.

I’m so attracted to items that are a bit unexpected or unconventional in colour that personally, my problem is trying to peg it back! 

I think the best advice when decorating your home is to just have fun with it, ultimately you just want to be surrounded by the things you love and things that make you happy. 

You’ve just collaborated with Gorman  – what’s next for you?

I have a few exhibitions and projects lined up for this year, and I’m aiming to have a solo show soon too.

Where can we buy your work?

Follow Liz on Instagram.

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