Influence of Punk
Punk rock music has influenced my artwork for the last few decades. The powerful imagery, colours and graphic symbols have always been eye-catching and intriguing. They provoke a reaction. My favourite punk band was The Stranglers who's first album, released in 1977, was called Rattus Norvegicus (the common rat). Their album sleeve (photographs by Trevor Rogers) had a photo of a rat strolling at sunset across a tree branch or fence as can be seen in the top left pic. When I formed my own textile design brand Paisley Power in 2014, my first design was called Rattus Norvegicus. I incorporated rat silhouettes in tribute to my favourite band. The design has become very popular, with sales in UK, France and US.
Rat fabric and products available from my Etsy shop