Thursday, 3 December 2009

Meet the Maker - Laura Watton

Tell us a little bit about you.
My name is Laura, I am 30 and live in Cambridge. I have lived in Cambridge for almost five years and feel very much at home here. I am very happy to be part of Handmade for their December show!

Have you always been crafty, or is it something that you've picked up more recently?
I have sewn for many years, and have drawn for as long as I can remember. An illustrator at heart, I like sewing and stitching mainly as a hobby, and for some of my products at Handmade i have been able to combine the two. Randomly, I do believe that my childhood interest in cross stitch led me onto my current career in online gaming as a pixel artist.

Have you been particularly influenced by any other artists or events?
I've read comics from Japan since my teens, but have always been interested in bold and bright comic book artwork, illustration and animation. I like Lowbrow art as much as my woodblock prints, so I have combined all my influences when making badges, canvas paintings, greetings cards, comics and bags to sell.

What other artists are you excited about seeing at Handm@de Cambridge?
Peeko Crochet looks super-cute, I squealed out loud when I saw the name of their little snail is "Monsieur Slow". A bit embarassing for me, but hey. And Trash Chic's aprons look like they are to die for!

What is your favourite piece?
I like the girls on my bags equally (so there is no fighting amongst the ranks!), though the girl who looks like she has been listening to too much Mötley Crüe is a possible contender for my favourite-throne!

Are there any specific pieces you fancy that will be at Handm@de Cambridge?
I really look forward to seeing what cute toys and jewellery there will be!

You can find out more about Laura and her work on her website

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