I was immediately drawn to her colourful designs and in particular, the pieces which featured flowers…so much so that I asked Laura if she’d like to do an interview for Flowerona.
When did you start your business and where are you based?
My studio is based at the Farnham Maltings in Surrey.
I began teaching ‘Drawing with your Sewing Machine’ workshops in 2009, and started exhibiting and selling my work in 2010.
When you step inside my studio, you’re surrounded by colour, pattern and beautiful fabrics, jars of buttons and baskets of thread and are taken back in time to memories of your childhood.
My studio is such a special place, where I love to escape into my own creative world and make my ideas happen.
Could you tell us about your floral-inspired pictures?
I create textile art using embroidery, drawing and mixed media. I really enjoy responding to country floral scenes.
The organic forms allow me to be incredibly free on the sewing machine and I can really experiment with colour and texture.
I love responding to children’s stories. One of my favourite floral scenes is when Dorothy, the tin man, the scarecrow and the lion are walking through the poppy fields to the Emerald City.
I’ve also recently created a commission for a family who live opposite a poppy field.
Flowers can really evoke memories and it’s so special to have a piece of art treasuring that.
Where do you get floral inspiration for your designs?
I love children’s books such as Brambly Hedge, The Tales of Beatrix Potter, The Secret Garden and The Flower Fairies. The floral scenes these books illustrate are so magical.
Fairy tales also include wonderful floral scenes of enchanting forests and make believe gardens. I love to evoke this magic in my textiles.
As a child, I loved visiting my father’s allotment. It has a gate overgrown with flowers. It reminds me of The Secret Garden’s door.
My father would often draw bird’s eye view maps to plan the rotation of crops and flowers. This has definitely inspired my latest kitchen garden scenes. I love drawing in the countryside and observing the world go by.
Visiting galleries, shops and exhibitions play a huge part of my inspiration. My favourite gallery is the Musee Marmottan in Paris.
I could just sit in front of Monet’s water lilies all day. The colours and textures are sublime.
Could you tell us any of your recent floral-inspired commissions?
I recently created a commission titled ‘Amara’s tea party in the bluebell woods’. Amara was born when bluebells were in season.
I create a lot of floral commissions for children.
By including the parents’ favourite flower or a flower that is in season when the child is born, is such a wonderful way of making the artwork so personal to each child.
I’ve also recently created a commission for a 60th birthday present including scenes of daffodil fields.
Do you have a favourite flower?
I love pale dusky pink Sweet Avalanche roses. I also love poppies and peonies.
Poppies and daffodils are my favourite flowers to sew. I love their vibrant colours.
What are your plans for 2013?
I’ll be teaching a ‘Drawing with your Sewing Machine’ workshop this Sunday at Farnham Maltings and will also be running one in the summer.
From March 20th-24th, I’m exhibiting at the Country Living Magazine Spring Fair in London and will be on Stand M90.
I’m working on a few exciting commissions and hope to continue expanding my portfolio, developing my ideas and techniques.
My new website will also go live in the next few months with an on-line shop and an exciting new portfolio of work.
There are still places on her workshop this Sunday, if you’re free?
(Images : Laura Rose)