Isabelle Hayman is a French artist based in London. She trained as a textile designer at the ESAA Duperré Paris, followed by a Master of Fine Arts from Paris. She worked in Indonesia as a textile designer, before moving to London 20 years ago.
Isabelle uses ink as her main medium, balancing between precise lines and the unpredictability of using ink - which can often bleed out onto the page, depending on the different absorption of the paper. Isabelle has crafted a very unique aesthetic which is entirely self-taught.
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Isabelle first began working on her series of botanical drawings in July 2018, following a visit to Amsterdam. There for a day trip to visit her show in Paul Smith’s boutique, Isabelle visited the Rijksmuseum and found inspiration in the special collections there. These works are the culmination of her time exploring the earthenware of the Rijksmuseum and their grandeur is in keeping with the monumental exhibitions on display.
Isabelle’s botanical artworks combine the ornamental and decorative and use the playful bleeding and blending of ink to capture the synthesis of different traditions and styles. She describes tracing the influences in delftware ‘the majolica from southern Europe and the Asian ceramic imported from Japan and China.’ This creative tracing extended to imagining the dutch craftspeople who responded in kind to the imports from East Asia. Isabelle’s own response incorporates yet more traditions and references in the foliage she has depicted as teeming with pattern and life.
“I formed this idea of connections across continents through different patterns, motifs and colour. I wanted to translate this idea by using shapes of vases and urns I had photographed at the museum and creating luxuriant foliage decorated with patterns taken from the Japanese katagami or African wax fabric. I have chosen to use a shade of ink called neutral grey for the background colour, a dark shade of grey tinted in purple, the dark background is reminiscent of the Baroque European still lives.”
These works are joyful, uniting the natural and the decorative - and at times surreal. You can see the tradition of botanical drawings that isolate each frond, flower and root in each artwork. They are often given a contemporary or psychedelic update - as seen in Antique Vase with Ladybird whose background is richly decorated with leopard print.
Isabelle has begun a collection of vintage books on ceramics, pottery and old auction house catalogues of vases and urns, from which she draws inspiration. But despite inspiration and historical reference, Isabelle has created her own unique style - at once a colourist, a historian and an abstract artist.