Laura Wadsworth’s work has been described as “effortlessly subtle collage” because she combines digital design and traditional art mediums. She enjoys many mediums which she brings together within her pattern design, graphic design, and fine art work. For as long as she can remember, Laura’s mother subscribed yearly to Martha Stewart Living. Each month, Laura devoured the magazines for their gorgeous layouts of photo and type. Her mother studied textile design in college and constantly encouraged her creativity. She grew up exploring many mediums at home and in local classes. In high school she discovered blogging and started one of her own. Creating a site and it’s contents revealed to her what she loves doing most. Even more than consuming well laid out images and type, she loves designing layouts herself. In 2014, Laura moved from the small village of Elora, Ontario to the Greater Toronto Area in order to study art and design at Sheridan College. Here she has had the opportunity to build her portfolio with both school projects and freelance work, and was an intern at the Elora Centre for the Arts. Though she doesn’t currently know where all this will take her, she is excited for the journey, knowing that she is pursuing exactly what she’s supposed to.
Vincent Van Gogh once said “Love many things, for therein lies the true strength, and whosoever loves much performs much, and can accomplish much, and what is done in love is done well.” I find this true personally. I cannot help but create much, do it with love, and find satisfaction within all elements - the subjects, the processes and the end results. This almost effortlessly breathes producing work that flows naturally and often. Common themes originate from the love for the medium for example a floral arrangement creates a floral pattern to being screen printed on a organic shaped hand quilted pillow.
Having a love for many mediums, both traditional and digital, I am obliged to combine them together in an almost collage like way. For example a photographed element manipulated to being printed on fabric and embroidered upon (digital to traditional), or a watercolour painting scanned and used for the background of a website (traditional to digital). These transitions are however subtle. My intentions are to blend mediums as to strengthen one another, as to not strike the viewer to think that the one should stand alone but that they are in fact better together. In order for this to be achievable the process is purposefully thought out prior to beginning, nonetheless allowed for flexibility and exploration during.
Currently I am exploring pattern and surface design. Designing patterns to place on as many surfaces I can imagine possible. I most recently designed a wooden and copper hanging pendent lamp that has one of my floral patterns laser cut into it. The cut openings dance light patterns around the room. The prospects of the endless patterns I can create as well as the endless surfaces on which they can apply upon drives and excites me beyond words.