Laurie Herman

Once upon 
Webster’s fish hook






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I’m an Artist and Illustrator currently based in York, UK.




Location: York
IG: @laurie_herman_ 

Website: https://laurieherman.bigcartel.com


Food &
Story︎︎︎


A dish to your heart?

︎︎︎ A Lobster Roll… Broiled scallops… Literally anything from Webster’s fish hook in Northampton, Massachusetts. Not a particularly healthy choice, I’ll admit, but not all romance is healthy.


And the story behind?

︎︎︎ I was living in this area in Western Massachusetts a couple of years ago with some friends I’d met online. This fish hook was a pretty deceptive spot on a roadside between Northampton and Hadley. There was a day during summer when my friend Garret was moving house. We got take out from Webster’s and went to a lakeside where we sat and watched water acrobatics (mere luck) from the sofa on his truck. It was golden hour. One of those harmonious moments. I love bonding over food. Cooking with friends, being shown someone’s favourite spot or trying something for the first time with a friend. So the food I love often relates to these kinds of experiences.

On a trip to Boston, me and my friend had Grits and cinnamon. I’d love to have this for breakfast daily. The photo just couldn’t do it justice.




“I love bonding over food. Cooking with friends, being shown someone’s favourite spot or trying something for the first time with a friend.”



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Moment︎︎︎

What makes you happy?

︎︎︎ Being in the company of people I love. Adventures! New places, meeting passionate people. Something that recent months have emphasised for me is how much I value this, travelling and connecting with people.

Some trips I’ve made have been initially intimidating or socially challenging. I find so much joy and excitement in the process of learning about people, myself, a new environment, and overcoming anxieties during these experiences. Curiosity has led me to some great places and great people. I feel that these experiences enrich my life and my curiosity shapes me.




Inspirations︎︎︎

Your work has a very distinguished style and a sense of humour, could you tell us a bit more?

︎︎︎ I love dark comedy. I aim to make work that’s a mixture of funny and scary, or cute and eerie. I find these kinds of images to be gripping. I’m interested in imagery that has an overall positive or funny tone yet something about it feels a little ‘off’ or uncanny.

With recent work, I’ve found that using humour is a way for me to break down certain negative experiences and re-build them as something positive that I can be proud of, and even laugh at. And if I’m doing a good job, maybe something other people can find funny too.

Live. Laugh. Love. That’s what they say.


Where do you find inspirations?

︎︎︎ I’ve grown up watching a lot of films. Some I feel a strong personal connection with and attachment to, which definitely influences my creative ideas. My dad put me onto films like The King of Comedy, Boogie Nights, Cape Fear (1991) and This Boy’s Life. I’m a big De Niro fan. With film, I get inspired by costume, cinematography, characters and narrative, the overall tone and atmosphere. In my teens, I was fascinated by the graphics in films like The Evil Dead and The Thing. I love the way that horror graphics looked in the 80’s. Particularly the poster graphics of that era. An American Werewolf in London is another great one! A poster I particularly love is one for the film adaptation of The Company of Wolves. I find inspiration in a lot of places, like anyone. But in regards to Art and Illustration, the work of Zap Comix artists such as Spain Rodriguez and Victor Moscoso have consistently excited me and inspired me to draw.


“I’ve grown up watching a lot of films. Some I feel a strong personal connection with and attachment to, which definitely influences my creative ideas.“




03 Robert De Niro in The King of Comedy (1982)


04 Illustration by Spain Rodriguez for Skull #5 (1972)


Present
/ Future︎︎︎



If there is any, which area you want to participate in more in the future?

→ Clothing/Textiles and animation. I’d also like to work on more collaborative projects. Sculpture too.


On-going / up-coming project(s)?

→ I have started working on custom painted jeans which is something I’ll be doing much more of in the weeks to come. I’m about to release a risograph print version of a recent work I called ‘The Narcissist’. I’m currently working on a website where I will feature this work, in the meantime, you can find my work on my Instagram page.


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Images 
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