Young artist impresses HIP
By Pete Donohue
The HIP editorial team were so impressed with Izzy Henson’s artwork that we gave her the prestigious full back page local artist’s showcase in Issue 54. Describing her lino cut, the talented nineteen year-old told us:
“This piece was inspired by what I love about Hastings and was intended to represent the different elements and events that make Hastings beautiful – things like its festivals, its seafront and its historic buildings.”
Izzy is currently working on her final piece, another print project, to complete the first year of a Level 3 BTEC National Diploma in Art & Design at Sussex Coast College, Hastings. Her ambition is to work towards a career in printmaking and during the summer she will be spending the break designing wallpapers.
The lino cut featured in the Issue 54 print edition features our net huts, seafood and wine fest, Jack in the Green, funicular railways, the local biker community and more. This HIPster particularly loves the way Hastings herring gulls morph into pelicans in a nod to a popular Old Town diner.
Another example of Izzy’s work is on display at an exhibition in the recently opened Source Skate Park beneath the promenade near Hastings Pier. This is a composite piece made up of twelve individual sections created
in grey, black and white chalk that can be rearranged into different permutations.
“I made each section separately then once they were all finished I put them together like a puzzle and it created a creepy distorted face. There are nine sections up at the skate park.”
In a town that is bursting with creativity HIP suggests that Izzy Henson is a talent to watch. Izzy hopes to have the print we feature, which she has reproduced in several other colours, marketed as postcards, placemats, keyrings and the like. Hawaiian shirt and fifties retro sun dress prints are not out of the question.
HIP shall be following the progress of Izzy Henson closely.
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