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get to know issue 107 cover artist clay hickson

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Hi Clay, tell us a bit about yourself. I’m an illustrator and I live with my wife out here in Los Angeles.

What inspired this psychedelic cover? I suppose being cooped up in our noisy apartment for the last couple years has me daydreaming about the quiet life out in the country.

What was your process for creating this artwork? It was pretty spontaneous. The drawing was done in my sketchbook over breakfast (which is usually when I do my best work) and then I decided to turn it into a Risograph print.

What do you love about Riso? I’ve been printing Riso for about 10 years now and most of the things I used to love about it just frustrate me now. But one thing that I’ll always love is the immediacy of the process. I can make an edition of six-colour prints in a matter of hours! That feels like pure magic.

What strange things do you find inspiration in? It’s hard to say what sources are strange nowadays since everyone is pulling inspiration from everywhere, but I try to be open to everything. Children’s books, restaurant menus, matchbooks, the mail, PBS, woodworking and camping – just to name a few things.

What have you been listening to as you draw recently? This very moment, I’m listening to a new record by Jeremiah Chiu and Marta Sofia Honer called Recordings from the Åland Islands.

Where can we see more from you? Online at clayhickson.com and on Instagram at @clayhickson.This arty chat comes straight from the pages of issue 107. To get your mitts on a copy, pop over to the frankie shop, subscribe or visit one of our lovely stockists.