I’m a sucker for a unique piece of wall art. If you are too, then you’ll LOVE the work of Laura Redburn. Creating individual works of art using innovative collage techniques, Laura’s pieces are fresh, bright, fun and stylish.
“It was in college that I really got a feel for collage,” explains Laura. “I discovered Hockney’s photo-montages and artists like Robert Rauschenberg and Kurt Schwitters. They set off the collage making switch in me! I’ve been making collages regularly since then, which was around 2006.”
“I make collages and sometimes patterns too,” explains Laura. “I find it hard to describe my style though. I guess it’s kind of minimal, vintage based – with a bit of nature added in for good measure.
Laura creates bespoke pieces for all sorts of clients, so her methods need to reflect the flexible nature of her industry. “The process mostly depents on deadlines and the client,” says Laura. “If it needs to be done quickly I usually work digitally using scans and photos in Photoshop to collage. If there’s more time I prefer to cut and paste, then scan in. I enjoy using actual tangible materials.”
Laura’s work sings with a sense of unique perspective. There’s a real feeling that she sees the world in a different way, or at least notices things that pass many of us by.
“I’m inspired by the unusual in this day and age, and often like to work in silence,” explains Laura. “I can get so drawn in to what I’m doing that I can’t concentrate on anything else. During the gathering and researching stage I love looking through old fashion magazines, books about nature and generally browsing the internet for cool and colourful things.”
As an artist, Laura’s worked on some fun campaigns, including a commission for a Toni & Guy social media campaign. “I loved making some collages for Toni & Guy,” says Laura. “I went to London for the photo shoot where the images were being taken – it definitely helped me get a good feel for the campaign.”
When it comes to life as a collage and print creator, the key is flexibility and an awareness that you’ll never know what project’s around the next corner, explains Laura. “A few years ago I made some posters for Christmas in an Australian arcade which was fun! I love working on all sorts of projects and enjoy the challenge of something new.”
Laura’s passion for her medium shines through in her work. But if you needed any further persuasion then you just need to chat to her for five minutes.
“I love that I can create worlds. It could just be a small little section or something bigger. I like that you can base things in reality or you can just go crazy. I feel at my best when I’m creating, but it’s a feeling I can’t really describe.”
To commission Laura, get in touch with her via her agency.