Righty-ho, today's post is a beautiful new colour story and I am so thrilled to welcome the wonderfully talented Laura Amiss! Laura is an absolutely incredible textile artist and I have been following her work for nearly five years now, ever since she posted this set of embroidered portraits over on her Flickr pages back in 2009. At the time many of us were just discovering and falling in love with all things 'granny chic' and for me Laura's textile canvases were the perfect blend of something old and something new.
Last year I was approached by Wordpress to design a premium theme based around the work they had seen on primarily on my Etsy site. I designed for them a theme drawing a lot on my cityscapes illustrating style and similar palettes called Little Story. Using skills I learnt for Wordpress I’ve now begun creating custom Wordpress templates and web art, such as banners and logos. I receive most of my work because people are attracted to my use of colour, which gives me great satisfaction, as it is the area, which I feel most confident and comfortable.
I am very much inspired by colour combinations, pattern and texture; these things are often the basis for the beginning of an illustration rather than an image. I sometimes try to go outside of my comfort zone with regard to colours, however try as I might to avoid using the colour teal, it will usually wiggle its way in somewhere. I painted the frame of an old 1950’s door frame teal when we moved in to our home 3 years ago, the first thing my father in law said was ‘what colour are you going to paint that door?’… hmmm it’s painted already!
My textiles canvases often start with interesting pieces of fabric I have found, my process is rather organic in how I piece things together. I don’t see it that different to sketching and drawing, I am essentially still mark making. I really enjoy combining muted tones with the occasional splash of something bold, I do this in both my digital illustrations and pure textiles. Colours can make us happy, one thing that took my by surprise regarding the feedback on my work is that it made people smile and I think that has a lot to do with the colours I use.
Love, love, love! Thank you so much Laura, it is such an honour for me to share your work here and to be able to support one of my favourite textile artists. You are an absolute star and I look forward to following your fabulous work for many more years to come! Goodness, I'm doing it again! Please, please go check out Laura's Etsy shop I know you will love everything there just as much as I do :)