Heather Moore: Seeking

Released Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Seeking, by Heather Moore.
15% of the sale of this print goes to the Jane Goodall Foundation.

Heather Moore is a self-taught illustrator and designer from Cape Town, South Africa. Most of the time, she works on her design label, Skinny laMinx, producing screenprinted textile goods, but whenever she gets the chance, she loves to work on papercut illustration. Moore makes her illustrations very slowly, using a sharp blade on her NT cutter. Once a paper cutout is complete, she often scans it and reworks it in Illustrator, for use as a book or magazine illustration, and often, a new textile design.

About the print:
Seeking started out as a cut paper illustration, originally commissioned by a South African advertising industry magazine. I like to cut things from a single piece of paper, which means that many of my illustrations are reproduced simply in a single color. With this one, however, I enjoyed repeating and reversing aspects of the original, and coming up with a three-color silkscreen print.

This is a three-color screenprint on acid-free paper. Each print was signed and numbered by the artist.


What has inspired you recently?
On a recent trip to the USA, I visited the De Young museum in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where I saw the beautiful work of Ruth Asawa. I had seen occasional reproductions of her work before, but as is so often the case, it's only when you see work in real life, at life-sized scale, that you get an idea of how beautiful it is.

Why did you choose to pair the Jane Goodall Foundation with your print?
I chose to pair my print with the Jane Goodall Foundation. As I live in Africa, I wanted to choose a charity that has a positive impact on my continent. Also, I think gorillas are adorable.

If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
A designer like Lucienne Day would be my ultimate mentor. What I find wondrous about her work is the ease with which she seems to make it, and I always wonder, "how did she know to stop, right at that point?'.

Who are some artists you think people should know about?
Of course, the work of my husband, Paul Edmunds, is something that everyone should know about. He currently has a solo exhibition of his work at RH Gallery in Duane Street, Tribeca, and has work in the collection of MoMA as well.

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