Laura Gardner is a textile artist and maker, working with surface, texture, pattern, colour and structure through a range of traditional textiles techniques.
‘Over the last few years I have been developing two different strands of my textiles practice. One is my commercial felt work; I have been working on a commercial line of 3D felt objects which I have been selling through maker’s markets, my online shop, I lead workshops, sell in retail shops, sell through social media and through private commissions.
Alongside the very commercial textiles work, the second strand of my textiles practice is my broader, experimental, creative work. Through my recent work I have been exploring punch-needling, rug-hooking and latch-hooking, all of which are traditional handmade practical techniques. Through my interest in slow processes that take time and physical effort, I have been finding ways to use these traditional techniques to create more contemporary pieces; using contrasting colours, monochromatic palettes, using the techniques in non-traditional ways. I have been inspired by slow textile artists who use the process to explore the materials.
I have been creating geometric surface pattern pieces inspired by my interest in patterns in architecture, symmetry, folk-art and shapes in faces. I use a wide range of materials in my work; linens, cottons, canvas, felted fibres, thick wools, fine cotton yarns, fleeces, embroidery threads.’