Floating in the Now

Floating in the Now

Inspired by Katsushika Hokusai

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese painter and printmaker and is best known for the woodblock print series, which includes the iconic print The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He immediately stood out to Kelly as the inspiration for her Elmer design as he was one of her earliest and biggest influences as an artist in terms of style and visual approach.

Kelly’s design combines her own artwork’s playful connection between people, culture and cities and the ukiyo-e genre. Floating in the Now also references the Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji series, with the waves surrounding Elmer’s feet and Mount Fuji peaking out over the top.

About the Artist

Kelly Ma is a Manchester based illustrator with a love for all things creative. She studied illustration at UCLAN, specialising in Surface Pattern & Textiles and is often inspired by experiences whilst being fuelled by plenty of tea and curiosity.

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