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DIY DOC’S: LORNA LEIGH HARRINGTON

In DIY Docs, we’re taking a look at how illustrators, artists and designers put their stamp on our Dr. Martens products. Painting, tattooing, rhinestones or de-constructing – we’re giving them the creative freedom to express themselves off of the canvas. Meet our next DIY Docs Artist Lorna Leigh Harrington, who’s put a nature themed twist on our popular Polley shoes.  

Lorna's illustrated Polley shoes
Lorna Leigh‘s illustrated Polley shoes
 
Introduce yourself – who are you, and what do you do?
I’m Lorna Leigh, I’m a freelance illustrator based in Bristol. My work is primarily hand drawn, and then edited digitally, playing around with colours, textures and fonts.  
 
Who or what do you take inspiration from?
It varies from day to day but primarily animals and the natural world are a main source of inspiration. I have always been obsessed with animals and grew up with lots of pets! I used to constantly bring home injured birds much to my mum’s dismay.
I love sketching portraits, mainly of iconic people within popular culture who appeal to me. I’m just a big fan girl at heart.
Aside from this I’m lucky to have a group of very talented friends ranging from artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers and photographers. They really inspire me. 
 
Lorna Harrington
Lorna Leigh Harrington. Photographed by Patrick William Bethell
 
 
Do you have an illustration or project you’re most proud of?
At this moment, these shoes! I’ve been a big fan of Dr. Martens for a long time, and I am chuffed to have had such an opportunity.
I also co-run a creepy girl-only art zine called Spooky Woomb with my illustrator pal Sprankenstein, and we’re currently planning issue three! 
 
Talk us through your customised Dr. Martens, was it a challenge working on a pair of shoes?
I really wanted to create a woodland theme, I’m constantly drawing foxes at the moment as they’re one of my favourite animals. I was also inspired by a recent trip to Iceland, that’s where the mountain scenery idea came from.
I had no idea how tricky painting on shoes would be. Angelus leather paint is amazing! I did these completely freehand and was holding my breath the whole time hoping I wouldn’t smudge anything.
Living with a mischievous and curious tabby cat didn’t help either!  
 
Lorna's illustrated Polley shoes
Lorna Leigh‘s illustrated Polley shoes
 
 
Do you listen to music whilst you work? Name three tracks you can’t hear enough of:
I think I work best with music on definitely, I find it easier to immerse myself. The songs last played on my ipod were;
Patti Smith- Pissing in a river
The Beach Boys- I’m waiting for the day
Bjork- Triumph of a heart 
 
A bit of Spice Girls is always welcome too!  
 
If you could have any super-power, what would it be?
Time travel! I’d like to go back to being a kid again. 
 
Lorna Harrington's illustration
Lorna Leigh Harrington‘s illustration
 
 
If you could draw anyone dead or alive, who would it be?
I brought out a zine last year called ‘Crush U’ which was just an excuse for me to draw some hot guys from my favourite movies. Leonardo Dicaprio was a favourite of mine.  
 
Tell us your favourite thing about the city you live in:
I love living in Bristol. I have been here for just over two years now. I live with my boyfriend and our cat.
I’m originally from the sunny town of Bognor Regis, which is pretty different!
There are so many creative people in Bristol, just walking around the city itself is a good way to feel inspired…(Although I still love you Bognor)
A typical weekend in Bristol for me would be waking up, heading down Gloucester Road for some breakfast and raiding the charity shops for bargains. I’m a bit of a collector and I am a sucker for 70’s homeware. Repsycho on Gloucester Road is great for this!  
 
Lorna's illustrated Polley shoes
Lorna Leigh‘s illustrated Polley shoes
 
 
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens:
I actually borrowed a pair of my friends eyelet boots constantly throughout uni before purchasing my own. However I did treat myself to a pair of the DM black leather lace up shoes with my first ‘grown up’ pay check. They were worth the wait, and are still going strong four years later.
I now have five pairs of DM’s and am probably going to invest in a pair of Polley shoes after painting these ones!
My Godmother is obsessed with DM’s, so my earliest memory of seeing someone wearing them would be her. I remember thinking how cool she looked then and she still rocks them now. They’re such a classic shoe, they don’t date. 
 
And finally, what do you stand for?
Keep your eyes on the prize. 
 
Lorna Harrington's illustration
Lorna Leigh Harrington‘s illustration
 
 
Find out more about Lorna Leigh on her website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter