As part of Meet the Maker series, I love to introduce local artists and makers. One such person is Lee Morris. Hailing from the foothills of the Malverns in Worcestershire, Lee’s work is unique and almost dream like. I particularly love this Zodiac prints and have his Cancer constellation print (being a Cancerian) on my wall at home. I know you will love his work just as much as I do…
Please can you introduce yourself and tell us a little about what you do?
Hello, my name is Lee, I am an artist based in Great Malvern at the foot of the Malvern Hills. From my background as a furniture designer/maker and up until recently a fine art printer I have always been interested in art and design and found myself creating more art in my spare time. I finally made the decision last year to give up my day job and brave it out in the world as an artist. My art is quite varied to keep my own interest going but I also feel this approach helps my work grow and evolve. My style is very ethereal, pastel tones with a dream like quality. I have also been caught dabbling in some street art!…mostly legal though! I have just recently finished an exciting project for the RHS Malvern Spring festival which included moss graffiti!
What is your inspiration behind your Zodiac prints?
I get a lot of inspiration from my many walks on the Malvern hills where I can ponder life, thoughts and ideas and for this idea it was no different. I have always been intrigued by the stars above us – the vastness, the beauty and mystery of it all which I think we can all harmonize with. I am especially fond of that time of the day when you get that lovely clear blue sky at dusk when the stars begin to appear, trees becomes silhouettes and everything becomes a little more silent. I love the all these senses you feel – a magical time and I wanted to bring these combinations together.
How would you describe your thinking behind the collection?
I wanted to create the artwork that was realistic, and to convey these constellations as we see them depicted in the sky. There is also a lot we can learn from the stars and astrology so I wanted it to be a teaching tool also which is why there is an additional sheet explaining relative information about the stars and their signs. We spend so much time with our heads down keeping busy its important not to lose sight of the bigger picture and reconnect with nature once in a while.
What is a typical working day for you?
It can be quite varied now, a lot more different to my ordinary and predictable days as a full time printer. Like with all things in life there’s always admin to be done but I make sure I spend time messing around with ideas when I get the chance to. I am always looking for new and exciting ways to be creative.
What do you love most about what you do?
Ahhh the freedom! This comes at the top of my list every time. If you have the time and space to do what you want then you will be in a position to fulfil your aspirations and then continue to flourish and expand on your dreams. The variety of life now is a lot more exciting for me, I can basically do what I want and create work opportunities, its quite tough at times but worth it nevertheless. There is a real sense of having more control in what you want out of life.
Is your inspiration, astrology or astronomy?
Both, astronomy is very much ‘real’ to the observer, what you see is what you get and it is beautiful in its own right. I am however a big supporter of the mysticism which is Astrology, it is profoundly fascinating and I would encourage anyone to study it and get to know their birth charts – you’ll discover a lot about yourself and you can use it to guide you through the journey of your life. When I started learning about my chart I found it a fascinating insight of how much of ‘you’ is in there. Anything that stands the test of time has to have some validity and astrology has been with us for thousands of years.
If you were stranded in the wilds what item would you want with you to survive?
My super duper mountain bike – I’m sure I could find my way out!
Where would you like to be in ten years?
I have always considered myself a bit of a nature boy and always feel a constant pull back to the wilderness and one day I would love to be living in a light and airy home out in the sticks totally off grid and growing all sorts of luscious foods! On a professional level I very much hope to continue creating artworks, always pushing myself and exploring new styles and techniques and see where the curiosity takes me. I am still drawn to picking up my woodworking tools again so who knows where life will take me.
Thank you Lee! A really lovely interview. I saw your moss graffiti at the RHS Malvern Show the other week when I was there, it looked amazing. So cool!
Lee is offering one Littlegreenshed reader a chance to win a Zodiac print of their choice – it could be your star sign, your loved ones or perhaps your child…. the possibilities are endless. Lee will also personalise it too if you so wish. All you need to do is complete the usual rafflecopter widget below to enter. Winner will be announced on Monday 25th May. Good luck!