Materials, Techniques & Processes...

As a weaver, the technical construction of a cloth is always of paramount interest and is a key facet characterizing her artworks. Laura has a practical curiosity in pushing the boundaries of woven textiles, challenging the notion that you always have to create flat 2d fabrics that obey the vertical and horizontal of the respective warp and weft yarns. Structurally integral relief pleats, folds, loops and ruches can be found in much of her work.

Laura is particularly well known for her ‘Resonate’ collection where vivid cotton, silk and lurex threads are encapsulated in acrylic resin, to create freestanding sculptural objects or wall panels.

The creative rationale and inspiration for this body of work is two-fold. Firstly, as a woven textile artist and designer, Laura has always been deeply inspired by the unwoven warp threads on a loom. The aim of the ‘Loose Threads’ artworks is to capture the visual impact of the warp: its linear qualities and the optical mixing of pure colour in that moment in time before the warp is tensioned to begin weaving.

Loose Threads: Red into orange.
Loose Threads: Red into orange.
Photo: Iain Davies
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