Austin-based artist Alyson Fox works in numerous mediums, from drawing and collage to ceramics and garment design. However disparate these various art forms may be, Alyson’s work is unified by a strong personal aesthetic, one that she describes as familiar, yet alarming and “a little bit unsettling.” Whether it is a simple pencil drawing or a weaving, Alyson takes time-honored craft methods and makes them new with unexpected compositions, off-kilter lapses in symmetry, and juxtapositions of color that seem at once startling and oh so right. When we approached Alyson to show us a day in her life, she took a similar approach. Photographed on film incrementally throughout the day, these images are a look at Alyson’s creative process and day-to-day routine, filtered through her unique aesthetic sensibilities. A day-in-the-life through her own eyes, these abstractions are a treat to behold. Check out all of the photos below + shop Alyson’s work on westelm.com!
↑ 1. In my studio and our house I pay attention to light and shadows constantly. I’m working on a lot of collages so there are scraps of paper everywhere from all different sources. This photo is a pencil plant shadow on some paper. The following photos are photos of my day and process. Things that catch my eye.
↑ 2. Pieces of newspaper that I am working with on different projects.
↑ 3. Literally how the paper was stacked on my white desk as I was using it to cut.
↑ 4. Close up shot of a sweater. I love textures.
↑ 5. Section of a drawing that was taped on my window with light coming through.
↑ 6. Paper on the floor. Shadow frame.
↑ 7. Me playing with making my own shadows.
↑ 8. Scraps- I keep a lot of things.
↑ 9. Photos of materials.
↑ 10. Scrap of paper on a carpet at a friend’s house.
↑ 11. This is a photo of my computer screen showing pieces that I scanned in.
↑ 12. This was taken outside my studio on the side of the house. I was shooting a friends line of jewelry and using this metal grid.
↑ 13. Light catching a stack of paper.
↑ 14. A coaster from The Whitney museum’s restaurant “untitled.” I move it around the house. I call it my planet.
↑ 15. Light in the afternoon catching my studio cabinets. I made that watercolor 4 years ago for my husband. We still have yet to frame it.
↑ 16. The same grate as what I shot earlier except now at night in my studio.
↑ 17. Shot of my husband and I playing horse before dinner. I usually never win.
↑ 18. This is an old stadium out by where we live. I have always wanted to stop and take a photo of it so this nudged me to do it.
↑ 19. I meet a friend at Thai Fresh in Austin, which is one of my favorite places to meet up. They have the best deserts and seriously refreshing drinks.
↑ 20. Same friend brought me some ceramics she fired for me that I made during our ceramic date. I put them in the car and noticed the newspaper on the bottom of the box was one I made from my first collection of clothes.
↑ 21. Working on some videos for a new project. This is a still shot of one.
With a perfectly sharpened pencil and her pup Stache by her side, designer Alyson Fox reimagines geometric patterns and color palettes to create unique art prints for west elm. While she loves the quiet of her studio outside of Austin, TX, it’s just a quick trip away from the inspiring energy of the city’s maker community. Shop Alyson’s work on westelm.com.