Laura is a talented artist with a background in textiles. Her artwork conveys so much color, movement, and texture that plays with all of our products. As soon as you see her work you know that it something different and can be paired well with any existing decor. See her full interview below.
Kess InHouse : Tell us a little bit about yourself. How did you get your start as an artist?
Laura Nicholson : I have always been an artist. With my parents enthusiastic encouragement I was able to study art and took a BFA and later an MFA in Fibers. I had always thought I would design fabric but first established myself as a fine artist, a weaver of tapestries. Later when I felt I could add another discipline to the mix I began exploring textile surface design as well.
KIH : What is your first memory as an artist?
LN : I have been an artist since I was a child and drew out my life the way I wanted to see it. I remember in preschool drawing with crayons, hard, on a honeycomb kraft paper surface: pink blossoms for my mother for Mother’s Day. I was thrilled with it: the colors, the waxiness of the surface. I wish I could see it again.
KIH : What is your creative process?
LN : I usually begin with some intuitive vision of color and form, often inspired by landscape or vegetation, and it often pulls me to select thread colors to weave into a tapestry. With textile design, however, I am finding that I can bounce around with the various digital tools I have learned, from Photoshop thru low end apps on my ipad, and draw, color, and transform the thoughts that begin in my fine art.
KIH : What is your favorite part of the creative process?
LN : All of it! I have a great deal of fun these days with the digital possibility of taking a design I feel satisfied with and then pushing it through dozens of other permutations. It is oceans of fun: I can get lost in an utterly new way of creating.
KIH : What common threads do you find show up in your artwork?
LN : Thread, literally. First and foremost I love textiles and woven surfaces. Using pattern, gradients, textures, but always remembering that this is a textile I am making, and it is a merging of the two dimensional design and the three dimensional product. See more here.
KIH : How did your relationship with Kess Inhouse begin?
LN : I saw another artist’s posting about her new Kess InHouse line, on LinkedIn, and I followed up on it and thought it looked like a terrific platform. The first Kess shower curtain I saw really inspired me: imagine! huge art on a shower curtain! such fun!
KIH : What is your favorite piece? How did you develop the composition?
LN : My favorites shift regularly! currently my Thalia line, particularly the duvet cover. It began as a very simple drawing of an agaphanthus blossom which I took through a kaleidoscope filter to generate new pattern forms. I love the clean white ground, too, for a duvet cover.
KIH : What is your work space like?
LN : It is huge, with 8 foot tall windows, three floor looms, several sewing machines, a silkscreen printing room, and the computer central to all. This sprawls through several rooms in about 2500 square feet on the second floor of a historic downtown building.
KIH : What inspires you?
LN : Color, light, and pattern.
KIH : What was it like to see your art on Kess Inhouse products for the first time?
LN : I was totally thrilled to see these images — particularly my giant leeks — and intrigued that the cropping mechanism (at that time: it is much more interactive now) seemed random and so resulted in exciting and unpredictable compositions. I wrote a blog post about it.
KIH : What are your top 5 favorite products offered by Kess Inhouse for your artwork?
Cotton duvet cover
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