This has been in the works for months now, but with all the busyness of events – moving, the holiday season and launching Hux Loves Honey – unfortunately the “Meet the Maker” series had been put on hold. Up until now that is!
The idea was to interview makers and artists in Scotland and other parts of the UK so that I can get to know my new home and we can all meet some amazingly talented people at the same time! In joining the Glasgow Etsy Team, I’ve already been able to meet some wonderful, crafty folks and I met Laura during one of the monthly Twitter chats before I’d even arrived in Glasgow. Although we haven’t met, she immediately made it onto my ‘favourite people’ list because of her warm and friendly nature.
Laura is trained in Graphic Design and Illustration and makes beautifully detailed paper cut cards, framed prints and scenes. Nature is a major theme in her work and there are plenty of animal and floral designs.
Here are 10 questions we asked Laura about herself and her paper cut illustration business back in July:
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself and how your business started:
A little bit about me : I just turned 25 the other day! Scary! I also live in Lanarkshire where my partner and I bought our first house a few months back with our two Papillon dogs – Louis and Eady, and absolutely love being in the countryside (where I grew up)! I’ve always been into anything, and everything art related so I knew I would always end up doing something creative! I studied graphic design at University in Glasgow, and during my final year I was asked to be a bridesmaid. I wanted to create a really special wedding gift for the bride and groom, and so I used my graphic design and illustration skills and came up with my first ever laser paper cut. It took quite a few months of people telling me I should make a business of it for me to take the plunge, and I’ve never looked back since!
2. What kind of tools or materials are involved in making your creations?
I began by laser cutting all of my designs (the material I began using was a thick, sturdy mount board material which allowed for delicate, intricate designs which were also super strong and durable!) , but gradually I’ve added hand cut and die cut pieces into my work too – I love trying out new techniques all the time!
3. Where does your inspiration come from?
I get inspired from all sorts of things! Whether it’s other people, videos on YouTube or places – I recently returned from a trip to Barcelona where I was shocked by the number of people sleeping on the streets. It inspired me to help do something about it and I’m now in the process of collaborating with a wonderful charity called Arrels Fundacio, in which I’ll create a series of paper cut prints and donate all the profits from sales to the charity, to help raise awareness and much needed funds to help homeless individuals within the city get their lives back on track.
4. Are there any other makers or artists you admire or look up to?
5. When do you feel most creative?
On the weekends, when I should probably be taking some ‘me’ time!
6. What do you do if you have a creative-block?
Usually going for a walk, or browsing Pinterest!
7. How do you relax and recharge when you’re not working?
I love reading, drawing (kind of still working!) or if all else fails watching a good movie or TV series with a huge bar of chocolate!
8. What can you absolutely not live without?
Ooooh….probably by Macbook Pro, graphics tablet and chocolate (yes, really!)
9. Do you have any advice for other small businesses/artists/entrepreneurs?
Never, ever give up. All businesses start out small, you just need to keep going with it! Believe in your own ideas!
10. What are your future goals for your business? / What is something you’re excited about that’s coming up for your business?
Oooooh I have so many dreams and plans for Laura M designs – finding time to plan them is the tricky part! I’m most looking forward to taking part in the Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair again this year and also Etsy Made Local – those events were both incredible for my business last year and really took things to another level, so I’m excited to see what happens this year! :)
Thank you so much for letting us learn more about you and your creative business Laura!