Artist Spotlight Series: Alice Peto
I have another Decorex find to share. I came across Alice Peto and her fabulous china while on Blogtour London. She was sharing a space with her friend Juliet Travers (more of her soon.) These young vibrant artists are creating a design future for themselves with inventing collections that are not currently available in the market.
“We think the collection bridges the gap perfectly between the modern and traditional, the everyday and the formal, the urban and the country, and will add colour and style to any table.”
What is your training?
I trained at Newcastle and in Florence, my mother and great grandmother were artists.
What inspires you and your designs?
Animals mainly, I love bringing a little character out, be it a grumpy penguin (on my china)
What is your favorite piece?
I think the puffin, which I painted while standing in my kitchen, came to life as the detail was added and he has been my best selling picture which has been made into prints.
How has the your area influenced your work?
Living in Notting Hill and near the park, I often walk through Hyde park and see an awkward seagull and want to paint them immediately.
What is your favorite restaurant in London?
The Bishopsgate Kitchen in Liverpool Street, amazing macaroni cheese with truffles.
What is your favorite cocktail?
A gin and tonic made with a prodigious amount of care
How do you balance personal life and work?
I don’t really…I live, dream and love painting, luckily my boyfriend is very understanding.
First you must prove to yourself that your dream is possible and then the world.
Either a huge painting in my splattery style of a wonderful creature like a hippo or polar bear or designing an entire china collection for a private client.
Your favorite host / hostess gift to give?
A little cartoon of a weekend experience or a quirky sketch of something I know they love.
Who is your style icon?
Kit Kemp for home
and Grace Kelly for elegance.
12. Your favorite up and coming artist/ designer?
James Butler the sculptor, I was given for my 21st a bronze of a girl on a bicycle, I spotted it at the summer exhibition when I was 17 and spoke so much about it for 4 years…my mother tracked him down and as a surprise it was waiting at the breakfast table with a tea towl covering it, I knew immediately and have loved it ever since.
What is your most treasured possession?
My gold locket necklace, in the heart is a picture of my mother who died in 2009.
What are you reading?
Mainly children’s books…I love the illustrations.
What are you listening to?
I’m so un cool with music…can I say Neil Diamond ?
Favorite Blogs / Publications?
‘Joy as it Flies’ a blog by Fiona Mckenzie Johnston.
Here are the fun china patterns. Which is your favorite?
Be sure to check out Painted by Alice too. Here designs are fab.