Laura Amiss is a purveyor of magic. In her shop, she stocks a world of whimsy and color, texture and fun. Her work ranges from large, stitched canvases to very affordable prints. Laura has so graciously agreed to an interview and giveaway, so read on to enter!
Tell me some basic info about yourself.
My name is Laura, I am English but I have called Amsterdam The Netherlands home for the last seven years, I live here with my husband and two children. I studied Textiles in London and I now work as a freelance illustrator and maker.
I mainly use textiles, producing appliqued illustrations and drawings. I suppose I draw with my sewing machine. I have always enjoyed mixed media art work. It was quite early on in my studies that I really became hooked on textiles. I love the physicality of working with textiles and have always been interested in it's language and history.
A friend told me about Etsy two years ago. I was trying to find a way I could make and sell the work I wanted to make. I had children aged one and two and also wanted the flexibility of working from home and just being a little more available for them. I LOVE Etsy, the past year has been amazing, it was a bit of a step in to the dark and I still work very hard at it, but I found it very rewarding.
I really enjoy putting colors together, often a piece can begin with color rather than an image. I love 1950s fashion illustrations and have recently been interested in exploring old proverbs and poetry and seeing how I can translate them visually. The titles of my pieces are important, I sometimes think I should stitch them on to the canvas. Drawing forms a crucial part of my work and inspiration, I have been trying to dedicate half an hour to sketching before I go to bed. Above all, for my most recent set of work I wanted to make people smile and be able to relate to the image easily.
I usually listen to BBC Radio 4, not living in my native country I some times makes me crave very English things which radio 4 is! If it is music I am listening to band called The XX, also very English ;-)
What are your favorite blogs/websites right now?
I really like 'Smile and Wave', with two children the same age as Rachel I can relate to her. I enjoy Loveology (a Dutch based blogger) and I am a bit addicted to Bloesem (also Dutch!)
Fine print: Giveaway begins when it is posted and ends at 11:59pm pacific standard time February 9, 2010. A winner will be selected by a random number generator on February 10, 2010 and will be emailed promptly.