Thursday, March 18, 2010

I ♥ art...lauraamiss

The other day while searching for "umbrella" on Etsy I came across lauraamiss.
I fell in ♥.

Meet Laura. "[Her] work is often inspired by very ordinary things, proverbs and poetry. [She loves] simple lines and subtle colour combinations." I really adore her art, and I am sure you will too.

When did you first begin creating art?
I studied Textiles for my degree which I completed in London, I have always enjoyed making things but it has really been in the last couple of years that my focus moved to creating art pieces using embroidery and print. When I was a teenager I was constantly cutting up my clothes, remaking them, making bags and drawing.

What is your favorite or most sentimental creation and why?

Last summer I made this piece ''Little legs'', which really begun to change things for me. It is a very simple image but it produced an incredible response from people, which I hadn't expected at all. It was one of the first textiles canvases that I made by layering fabric together. It got chosen to be included in a calendar for 2010, so I suppose it boosted my confidence and enabled me to realise a new technique.
What people/places/things inspire your work?
I am really in to illustration at the moment and drawing forms a very important part of creating my work. I look at a lot of fashion illustrations from the 1950s to the present day, The titles of my work are important and I have been reading through lists of proverbs recently. I am passionate about color, often pieces can start with color rather than the image so a lot of inspiration comes from going through my fabric collection.

Is there a project you have always dreamed of creating?
What would it be? I love traditional textile practices such as cross stitch and tapestry, I would love to have the time and the patience to produce one of my images in the medium.

Visit Laura's shop on Etsy and her website to see more of her lovely work.