In conversation with Jonatahan Lawes

This week we chatted to Jonathan Lawes a London based designer and print maker who recently relocated to Peckham. We are huge fans of his bold colour clashing screen prints. Jonathan divides his time between designing for a variety of fashion & interior clients, and working on his own personal silk screen prints and other handmade design products. 

What inspires you?

I draw my inspiration from a variety of things all around me. My work can sometimes be very linear and angular and for that I mostly draw inspiration from modern architecture and bold, geometric patterns. But generally, being out and about is where I gather most of my ideas. Colours, compositions, subtle textures, shadows etc. all get me going.

How did you develop your style?

I developed my style of screen printing from a lot of time spent experimenting in the studio. I used to be quite structured and methodical in my approach, almost perfectionist. I guess I still am to some extent, but then I started letting go a bit more, embracing the freedom and spontaneity of silkscreen printing. I’ve learnt to embrace the mistakes and either learn from them or work back into them with more layers and textural aspects. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but the element of surprise makes it even more fun for me.

Tell us about your creative space?

In terms of studio space I print at Sonsoles Print Studio in Peckham. It’s a great place to work and I feel very happy to be part of the set up there. There is a great sense of community with all the artists and the facilities are top notch. When I’m not in the studio I’m generally working from my desk at home. My girlfriend has been very accommodating in allowing me to take over the second bedroom and use it as my work area!

Do you do this full time?

I was living in Berlin for 7 years and for the last year or so there I was solely concentrating on my artwork. I’ve recently moved back to London and have been able to continue where I left off. I generally print 2 or so days a week and then concentrate on design ideas and other digital projects the other days.

Where is your favourite place in London?

I’m relatively new to London and so I’m discovering new places all the time. I do love visiting the Barbican Centre - the building is just amazing. Come back to me in few months and I’ll be able to offer you a few more insights!

What is the best of advice you have ever been given?

I think the best piece of advice I’ve learnt is to keep going, even when things don’t seem to be going well. In this industry your luck can change in a day so you have to remain incredibly positive and active in your practice.

Shop Jonathans work here