Bold, graphic prints combined with bright colours transformed into beautifully crafted products are at the core of Laura Spring’s design practice. With a passion for colour, print, pattern and process, Laura creates covetable annual collections of functional yet vibrant homewares and accessories as well as regularly collaborating with others. She is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art where she was awarded a BA in graphic design in 2002
In early 2017, Laura was awarded a Creative Scotland grant to enable her to complete a self-initiated residency in various locations throughout Finland focusing on the traditional Finnish weaving technique known as täkänä. Täkänä is a double-sided woven textile, typically of just two colours, with the same design appearing on both sides, but in reverse. Laura first discovered this technique whilst on a residency at Arteles Creative Centre in Finland back in 2015. She was instantly drawn to the graphic patterns used in some of the weavings, but it wasn’t until she returned to her studio in Scotland that she discovered that many täkänäs only use two colours – something that is prevalent in Laura’s bold and colourful print designs.
Her interest in this technique led to many hours exploring the patterns and meanings of original täkänäs in archives in Finland. Many seemed to reflect the weaver’s favourite things, or often inspiration derived from nature. Laura often looks to nature for inspiration and for this new collection she chose to develop three designs that reflect her currentrelationship with nature - Solstice, Forest & Peas. Collectively these three prints form ‘The Good Life’ range.
Laura is committed to supporting ethical methods of production in the creation of her work and works closely with all her suppliers.
In 2016 Laura won the S:RD Interiors Award and Etsy Regional Award for Scotland. She was named by the Guardian Magazine as one of ‘2017’s biggest new design talents’.
Collaboration has always been integral to her practice and Laura values the sharing of knowledge and skills with others as a way of learning, design- ing and making. Key collaborations and commissions include: Heal’s, Floor_Story, Lush Cosmetics, Belle & Sebastian, House of Voltaire and The National Trust for Scotland.