Laura Slater

The MADE NORTH Gallery presents new and experimental work by established and emerging northern designer/makers. This is our first ‘Featured Designer’ profile, over the coming weeks we aim to promote a range of northern designer/makers and provide opportunities to find out a little bit more about how they work and their sources of inspiration.

We love the work of textile artist Laura Slater, and thought it would be great to showcase her new ‘Assemble/Configure’ collection for 2013. All products are available to see and buy from our gallery in Sheffield and direct from our online store


Laura Slater is a Textile Artist based at The Art House in Wakefield, West Yorkshire. She graduated from The Royal College of Art in 2008, and now runs her own busy studio and print workshop.

Laura produces exquisite hand screen printed bespoke textiles for interior products. The core theme of all her work is the interaction of colour and shape, and the translation of drawing and surface texture through hand printed processes.

We love her dynamic new  ‘Assemble/Configure’ collection for 2013,  she successfully translates her patterns and abstract form compositions on to a range of products including cushions, lampshades, limited edition prints on paper and tea towels. A range of muted colours provide an excellent palate to match all interiors.

Previous collections ‘Architextiles’ and ‘Dot- Dash’ have focused on architectural and organic mark making. Laura says, ‘My interest lies in our engagement with pattern and its ability to stimulate and communicate our responses, connecting us to the environments around us. I explore this through approaches to drawing, process, materials and product.’

Laura also like to collaborate with other designers and organisations, these have ranged from The Hepworth Wakefield, Harvey Nichols, Johnson Tiles, Material Lab, Here You Are Studio and Area Rugs. She has just produced a bespoke print based around the Johnson Tile archive for this years Clerkenwell Design Week.

We caught up with Laura to ask her a few questions and get a glimpse of the ideas and inspirations that inform her work.

Who or what inspired you to become a Textile Artist?
Creativity has always a big part of my life. Growing up, I was surrounded with inspiration, particularly making, and creating. My parents, as am I, are collectors, so I was always surrounded by unique, eclectic objects. As for the textile aspect, pretty much all the females in my family sewed, knitted and stitched their hearts out. I think this is where my interest in our relationships with textiles and our environments came from.

Who or What inspires you?
Found pattern, architecture, environments, landscapes, surface, materials, mark making, printmaking.

How would you describe your work?
Industrial, natural, instinctual, patterned, textured, surfaced.

What does your typical working day look like?
In the majority once a collection is designed, I have a period of production printing, screen-printing lots of work for orders or stock. I can also be designing, making drawings or original print concepts to translate into the next collection concept. All this happens at my studio space.

If you weren’t a Textile Artist what would you be?
Going back to my obsession with collecting and found objects, I would probably have some sort of collectables shop/salvage yard.

What is the most satisfying part of the work you do, and why?
There are many, one of the most satisfying moments is when a drawing, mark or design is printed through screen onto cloth, seeing how the initial design has translated. I also love seeing how prints evolve through their application on different products and 3 dimensions.

What would be your dream project?
I would love to develop a collection for Marimekko. It would be so exciting to see my designs printed on a major scale.

What are you currently working on?
I have recently completed a bespoke print design for Clerkenwell Design Week (21st- 23rd May). I was invited by Here You Are Studio and Material Lab to develop a print based around the Johnson Tile archive. The print will be showcased at The Farmiloe Building in a live screen-printing event. I’m also really excited to start developing a range of ceramics.