Meet Coco Lom, the artist finding "peaceful pattern" inspiration in the most humdrum of places.
We had the delight of collaborating with Coco for our latest rainbow-inspired artwork series, Rainbow of Hope. Discover her vivid new piece below - it's available for purchase now with 100% of the profits going to NHS Charities Together.
If, like us, you find yourself looking at memes on your phone more than the world around you, Coco Lom is the artist to make you "notice more." Hailing from East London, Lom is a designer and self-proclaimed "pattern seeker" - and she's on a mission to unveil the overlooked patterns that pulse through our mundane world. Whether finding inspiration in stacks of bread crates, pasta shells, or shadows cast from a hand railing, Coco extracts environmental shapes from every corner to create hypnotising designs. So far, her abstract creations have graced the likes of Shoreditch Studios as a 66-foot mural, W.A Green as a window design and collection of painted planters, and her own sensationally stripey calendar for 2019.
Uniting all of Coco's designs is a buzz of kinetic energy. You get the impression that each of her patterns would move in a certain way - as a varying range of pulsating waves. Frequently using a photocopier in her process, Lom's images merge both greyscale and vibrant colour with the textures found only in scans. Her final body of work often varies in shape and form, but always embraces rhythmic lines, fluid squiggles, and data codes - lots of data codes.
If you're feeling inspired to reinvigorate your daily ocular experience, the simple way, according to Lom, is to go outside and "look up, look down, and look around" your city's streets. And, if you find any aesthetic treasures on your adventures, send them to Lom and join her new mindful photography series, Peaceful Patterns. Just like the rest of her satisfying designs, #peacefulpatterns has been serving up soothing simplicity during lockdown - and giving us some much-needed relief from our chaotic world.
Describe your style in 3 words.
Bold, pattern, stripey.
What’s in your art toolkit?
- Wooden forks - great for dipping in ink and painting stripes
- Lots of different shapes and colours of stickers
- A good old scanner
Who was on your playlist whilst working on this project?
Calibre, Tokyo Prose, Pola & Bryson
Who are some artists you really admire at the moment?
Darren John has started an amazing project on Instagram called 'Creativity under Quarantine', where he's been making prints with whatever he can salvage around his home. Playing with foam packaging, bubble wrap, washing up sponges and kitchen utensils (and even a banana), he reveals the beauty that can be created with everyday objects. So satisfying to watch his process and see each piece come to life!
What are the positives you have come across during lockdown? Do you think it will change your point of view in future?
I've discovered the power of YouTube Zumba classes. Leaves my mum and I in uncontrollable fits of laughter every time. We highly recommend it for a dose of joy! It's reminded me that you don't have to go to a sweaty gym to exercise.
What are you looking forward to most when the lockdown is over?
Jugs of Pimm's with my pals
What’s your message to health workers right now?
Sending a big love and thanks to every carer, everywhere.
Lom's latest, beautifully bold design continues to prove her gift for soothing yet stimulating patterns. This time, we're happy to announce, it's for Evermade's new Rainbow of Hope series.
In E-conversation with Coco, she told us the meaning behind her new, deep blue design: "It's said that the colour blue calms our mind and is often described as peaceful, tranquil and secure." "It's even been shown to lower our heart rate and body temperature." "My nine rainbows are full of energy and buzzing vibrations that dance in front of the calm, joyful sky behind." Titled Sky Vibrations, this print turns rainbows into characterful, vibrating arcs, and transforms the rainbow palette into a tranquil oasis.
Coco's limited edition print Sky Vibrations is available for purchase below - with 100% of the profits going directly to NHS Charities Together.
Coco's artwork titled Sky Vibrations, with 100% profits of art print sales going to NHS Charities Together.
You can check out more of Coco's work (and her Peaceful Patterns series) here!
All photos courtesy of Coco Lom.