Textile & Surface Designer Laura Potter

Here we delve into the creative world of textile and surface designer Laura Potter. A recent first class graduate of the University of Bolton, Laura is raring to apply all the knowledge and skills in the professional arena with her own freelance business. What’s more, having exhibited at New Designers in June, the St Helens-based artist is now looking for further opportunities to showcase her designs. Laura’s work is packed full of vibrant colours, textures and patterns inspired by the natural world, it’s a pleasure to bring you some examples this afternoon.

“During my education I have been taught a wide range of skills, techniques and processes in order to develop my own work as an artist, I have completed life drawing classes, dress making, photography, observational drawing and painting, CAD, techniques and processes of screen printing and producing final products. I have also organised my own study visits to manufactures in order to further my knowledge of how products are produced within the Industry which I feel very important, as a designer, to understand.”

Laura Potter Business Boom6

Laura Potter surface design

Laura Potter textiles

“Throughout my degree I have always been influenced by nature, when given the opportunity to write my own brief for my final project I immediately knew what I wanted to research and concentrate on what inspired me most. I am fascinated by colours, textures and patterns created in nature, which I then enjoy manipulating into designs on Photoshop and illustrator with layering techniques to develop intricate details which are not immediately obvious. Vibrant colours and texture characterize my work, I particularly like drawing as I feel it is a natural way to express myself and allows me to create images in a way that I see them which others may not.”

Laura Potter textile design


“During my degree I have worked on live projects with Hallmark cards, working on a brief to design surface pattern for gift ware using current trends in order to produce final products. I have also worked to specific briefs for the Bradford Textile Society competition which I achieved the award of 3rd place for my digitally printed surface pattern design on fabric.”

design inspired by nature

Laura Potter illustration

See more from Laura on her website at laurapottersurfacedesign.com, her blog and follow on Facebook and Twitter @XLaurapotter.

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