Talia Lehavi produces Contemporary water-pigments, Japanese ink paintings and monotype prints. She will be showing her work at the Palace Art and Craft Fair.
At what age did you know you wanted to become an artist?Ever since being a little girl, collecting falling needles and watching my grandma, who was a seamstress, from under her sewing machine making beautiful dresses and wedding gowns..
Is being a an artist your only job?
I also teach Japanese Ink Painting and Calligraphy which is another passion of mine.
If you could be anything else what would you be? A pianist or a dancer
One favourite living artist / designer? Fabianne Vardierre - the beauty of her line work, the scale of the paintings, and the sheer dedication and passion and determination that is in it.
One favourite historical artist / designer? Soga Shohaku - Fantastic, original, genius.
Who / what has had most influence on your work?
The two above
What is the most interesting / fun job you have had?
Working in an Asian antique shop, handling arts from 4000bc to today, and meeting the people who collect them.
What is your most prized item of art / design / craft? An 18th C. Japanese scroll depicting the after life, all in gold leaf and refined colours.
What item of design / craft do you covet most?
Anything with gold and pearls
Last book / film that blew your mind?
The Language of Flowers / Vanessa DIffenbaugh
What are you listening to?
How many hours do you waste on the internet each day?
Not a great fan of technology.. prefer to work away at the studio..
If you could live anywhere, where would it be and why?
Just where I am
Where and what is your studio?
My studio is in Belsize Park, North West London, I love it, it is the heart of where I work.. facing an old neglected garden, with two foxes who inhabit it.. a few cats and a dog.. we are all happily working away.
Three words that describe your feeling of doing your work? Silence, flow, love
Chips or mash?
Chips in summer, mash for winter..