Back by popular demand! This August, the Craft Scotland Summer Show will be coming to bustling Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Showcasing the best of contemporary Scottish craft, our Summer Show explores the work of selected makers and allows you to treat yourself from an affordable selection of handmade jewellery, textiles, homeware and more.
Get to know the makers with our behind the scenes Summer Show blog series; learn about their process, their inspiration and how they like to relax. Missed last weeks post with Niki Fulton, catch up now.
Today we are hanging out with Laura Spring!
Hello Laura! Tell us a little bit about what you do?
I design and print bright, bold accessories, homewares, stationery and kitchenware from my Glasgow based studio.
How did you get started?
It wasn’t a very straightforward route, but in brief it started with studying graphic design at art school (where I first got my hands on a squeegee), then several years working as costume assistant/designer for theatre whilst screenprinting at nightclasses/weekends, a placement at Timorous Beasties, a craft residency at Cove Park and then launching a collection at Spotted at Top Drawer in September 2011…that’s the very condensed version!
What are you into right now?
I think just now I’m all about wristlets - in particular light blue. It’s a screen-printed pouch with a curved bottom, detachable leather wrist strap and hand stamped leather puller. I think because it’s a fun, bright accessory for a day/night out. It adds a splash of colour to any outfit and is a good size for keeping all the essentials in.
Tell us about your making process?
I love playing about with ideas by actually printing them, mixing colours, trying things out; it’s where happy accidents can happen and make my day. I also love researching…digging into an idea and finding out about new things I never knew about before.
What is the trickiest part of your process?
Probably costing and pricing it up at the end…you can make something you love but sometimes you have to compromise a bit on things to make it a product that will sell and fit into a price bracket you think it needs to go in.
What motivates you to get into the studio?
I love being in the studio so don’t need much motivation to go there!
Where do you go to recharge your batteries?
I love to spend time off with good friends/family and my four year-old whippet, Chips. He’s at the studio most days and is a definite member of the team.
Places like bakery47 for amazing sweet treats are a must at the weekends or anywhere in the countryside with our 1970s trailer tent. I’m also partial to a rollercoaster so would happily spend time getting spun upside down at high speed.
What piece of craft would you love to have in your house?
I would really love to own one of Katy West’s Rise & Fall lights…they’re so beautiful!
Find Laura Spring at the Craft Scotland Summer Show
Friday 5 to Sunday 28 August 2016
Mon-Wed, Fri-Sat: 11:00-18:00
White Stuff, 89 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 3ES