Known for her bespoke textile designs that seamlessly blend different colors, prints, and patterns, Laura Slater is now bringing her signature style to the world of cameras. Her new canvas – the . Check out how she works her magic on the Lomo'Instant Automat Glass in this quick interview.
Hello, Laura! Can you introduce yourself to our readers?
I’m Laura Slater, a textile designer based in the UK where I run my design studio and print workshop. I have been developing my design practice for over 10 years. I work on a wide range of projects, from interior textiles, fashion, illustration, installation, gift-wear, and now cameras!
Could you tell us more about your unique style?
My work is most commonly focused on drawing and image-making for patterns. I believe textiles and pattern are an integral part of our everyday life, and that we can view the world through patterns. I often collect texture, composition, and imagery from different environments and objects and develop images through drawing using a broad range of processes, including painting and printmaking. My work is often abstract or semi-abstract in nature as I strive to give my personal interpretation of ideas rather than a representational approach. I think it is influenced by my interest in painters and sculptors as a source of research and inspiration.
What's the inspiration for your "Assemble/Configure" Collection?
Assemble/Configure is one of my signature prints. The design was inspired by a combination of natural and man-made patterns found in the city and landscape local to me. I collected and drew a whole range of shapes, and textures using different mark-making tools then designed the pattern by ‘collaging’ the components onto cloth using screen-printing methods. This is where the name ‘Assemble/Configure’ came from. It’s about the every day inspiring something new. I decided that one of the signature colors would be based on ‘Yves Klein Blue’.
What are your thoughts about having your design on a camera?
Taking photographs to capture my ideas and inspiration is a big part of my design process so it is amazing to have my design featured on a camera. As the process is such a huge focus on developing my designs and with taking inspiration in the every day, an instant camera and immediate photographs are even more exciting.
What is next for you? Which future projects would you like to share with our readers?
Aside from this, I also have several collaborative projects. I am about to launch a range of limited edition large-scale ceramics, made in Italy alongside Bliss Home. I have also just launched a series of greeting cards and gift wrap with 1973 Ltd. All the designs in both projects are based on artists, their work, and their homes. This was initially inspired by visiting the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice Italy.