Another interview, this time with local textile designer Laura Slater.
Who are you and what do you do?
"My name is Laura Slater, I am a textile and surface pattern designer that make hand screen printed products, mainly for the home."
Your work is captivating, what's your process for developing a new surface pattern?
"All my work starts off with a concept or theme that either inspires imagery or process. Process is integral to my work, drawing/ collage and painting is at the heart of what I do. I then work to translate original artwork into pattern or placement print with the product in mind, this usually happens through development directly on cloth through screen print. I love playing with scale and colour and texture. I want my print to be as unique and directional as it can be. Perhaps for it to bring a bit of art into the home."
Your colour palette is so varied, what's your favourite colour collection to work with right now?
"It's impossible to pick a favourite or current palette as all colour is so amazing and rich. I am enjoying a lot of greens/ darker greens couple with dusty pinks or brighter mauve/ purples. I tend to find its pairings or small groups of colour that gets me excited!"
When you're not making, what do you like to do?
"When I'm not working- which feel like never! Haha! I love to go out, usually to gigs or dancing, my partner is in a band so there is always a lot of socialness involved in that. I love travelling and am planning an American road trip for the summer at the moment. I also just love drawing for the sake of drawing rather than to design."