We launched the Brighton Art Project as an annual design competition to celebrate the opening of our Habitat Brighton flagship store in 2018, asking for creatives in Brighton to create artworks inspired by the city which we would translate into a Habitat product. For AW20 we received hundreds of entries which were edited down to a shortlist of just 12 artworks to put to a public vote. Our three winners - Emma Stone-Johnson, Tiffany Lynch and Orna Schneerson - have each had their works translated into cushions for our AW20 collection.
40 x 60cm
I prefer not to have a plan before I start a series of paintings, rather I let the first marks and colour washes inspire the next ones. I like to see what paint will do. Watching paint sink and slide is so pleasurable to me. I try to question the language of colour and paint the texture of memory."
Emma Stone-Johnson graduated in 2004 from Chelsea College of Art with a First in Textile Design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally with her prints and has worked in graphic design. Three years ago, she happily returned to her first love of painting. Emma is ecstatic to be embarking on a painting MA at the Royal College of Art in 2020.
I am inspired by Brighton Pavilion Gardens for many of my designs and paintings, it an enchanting area in the heart of Brighton for ever changing botanical colour and seasonal floral inspiration in the heart of the city, with the stunning backdrop of Indian architectural style and eye catching rooftop colour and shape, which I can spy from my studio window from dawn till dusk."
45 x 45cm
Tiffany Lynch was born in West Sussex. She studied at London's St Martins School of Art and Design. Tiffany is founder of art co operative, Studio Greenhouse, with nine other artists in the colourful North Laines, Brighton.
I dedicate this piece to all the street performers that dot our Brighton streets like Crown Jewels. Their sights and sounds colour Brighton reminding us that here fringe is mainstream and mainstream is fringe. Various topics and styles appear in my paintings but they all carry a common theme of colour movement and a certain cosmic energy that reflects a slightly naïve picture."
40 x 60cm
Orna studied art in Paris and moved to London in 1991 where she had her first UK solo exhibition at the ‘Le Chat-Noir’ gallery in Covent Garden. Orna now resides in Brighton where she exhibits in galleries, events, cafes, group shows and various open houses every year.