What is your preferred medium?
My preferred medium is textiles, either sewing or by incorporating textiles in to my digital illustrations.
How did you get started?
When I was completing my Art Foundation course I was introduced to many new ways in which to create and produce artwork, suddenly anything felt possible. I initially created images using mixed media methods, I enjoyed collage and using unconventional materials. The materials I used became more fabric based and I used thread and sewing to piece things together. Before I started my degree I worked as a 'Dresser' in the London West End, I was surrounded by fabric, pattern, costumes and had opportunity to learn a great deal with regards sewing. I studied Textiles at Goldsmiths college in London which has a very contemporary, open minded approach to textiles. For me using textiles was another way in which I could create an image - drawing a picture in thread. Textiles and embroidery are laden with symbolism and meaning, I don't think you can really escape this, this association and history is an important element in my work.
Who or what inspires you?
It is often very ordinary things or items that inspire me, I am interested in our every day rituals and quiet moments. Words are also very important to me, books, poems and sayings have a great impact on my work.
What advice would you give to someone wanting to get into this medium?
Getting online was the best way for me, starting up an online shop has opened a lot of other doors for me. Maintaining an active online presence I have been able to attract design blogs and magazines, I have been quite taken a back by the kindness and support I have been shown by people.
Does vintage play a role in your art or life? If so, how?
I do love vintage clothing, although I like to wear it in contrast with something very modern. The same goes with home decoration, the contrast of vintage furniture within a modern setting is something that I enjoy and strive to include in my home.
What is important for your customer to know about your work?
That it is about colour, contrast and composition and that it is all made by me with a lot of passion and commitment.
A special thank you to Laura for sharing her beautiful work with us. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop .