COMMISSIONS - EXHIBITIONS - COLLABORATIONS
COMMISSION / EXHIBITION - August - Oct 2016
Panel x Laura Spring
with Bernie Reid & Mairi Mackenzie at Timespan, Helmsdale
Commissioned by Timespan, Seine Net Queens is an exhibition by independent design curators Panel. The exhibition presents photographs from Timespan’s Archive alongside new works by textile designer Laura Spring, artist Bernie Reid and fashion researcher Mairi MacKenzie.
Inspired by the significant social, economic and cultural legacy of Helmdale’s herring trade, Seine Net Queens explores the trade’s 20th-century heritage through newly commissioned work by textile designer Laura Spring, made in response to a selection of photographs from Timespan’s archive. Focusing on amateur and family photographs of women who actively participated in the development of an identity for Helmsdale, these images of seine net queens and their attendants make visible the influence of the area’s sea-fishing heritage on community events and activities. When considered alongside earlier photographs of Helmsdale’s herring gutting girls, the photographs reveal the transformation of women’s lives during a period in Helmsdale when the structures of work and industry were radically redefined.
Responding to the duality of these local representations of women and place, Laura Spring has created two new textile commissions that investigate convergences between tradition and modernity, handcraft and industry, and labour and ceremony. Working in collaboration with artist Bernie Reid and fashion historian Mairi MacKenzie, Spring combines the selected archival material with new sculptural, graphic and written works. Reviewing the changing role of women through the lens of pattern, landscape, identity and uniform, Seine Net Queens creates subjective and imaginative associations between historic material and contemporary ideas, and between photographic documentation and textile design.
COMMISSION / EXHIBITION - August 2016
Local Heroes x Laura Spring
Local Heroes: Scottish Design at Edinburgh Airport, 1-31 August 2016
Local Heroes redefines contemporary Scottish design by bringing together Scotland’s leading designers in an exhibition developed specially for Scotland’s Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design.
The exhibition features exciting new commissions which explore the notion of the souvenir and the theme of travel. Installed at Edinburgh Airport during the largest cultural festival in the world — The Edinburgh Festival — Local Heroes will be accessible to a predicted 1.2 million passengers spanning 120 international destinations.
Curated by Dr Stacey Hunter featuring work by Hilary Grant, Rebecca Torres, Trakke, Instrmnt, Tom Pigeon, Gabriella Marcella (Risotto), Warriors Studio, Karen Mabon and us.
Photos by Future Positive, Stuart Maclay & Ross Fraser Mclean (Studio RoRo).
You can buy the arrow travel pouches for £25 each from our online shop here.
COMMISSION - July 2016
Heal's x Laura Spring
We're delighted to announce our latest commission from Heal's - a set of Limited Edition Tea Towels for their dining department!
These designs were inspired by a short overnight trip to Tallinn last summer whilst I was on a residency at Arteles in Finland (see here for our series of blog posts on this). Tallinn is a short boat ride from Helsinki and I was instantly drawn to the amazing display of patterns that are visible on many of the doors in the old town's city centre.
Taking these as a source of inspiration, I created the 'Diamond Door' and 'Square Door' design which were all hand printed in limited editions of 25 in our Glasgow based studio...
Available to buy now from Heal's on Tottenham Court Road, London.
EXHIBITION - India Street Bazaar, Tramway, Glasgow
10th June - 24th july 2016
Six designers from India and Scotland were invited to explore the Turkey Red archives, and respond aesthetically and with hindsight to this Scottish textile industry. The results, new products produced in India using the craft traditions that influenced the original fabrics, tell a new story of global production, trade and influence.
Participating designers: Emlyn Firth, Lokesh Ghai, Charlotte Linton, Gabriella Marcella, Laura Spring and People Tree.
The exhibition is curated by Katy West in collaboration with Tramway. Further information about the project and the online shop with all the products available for purchase are available here.
Images: © India Street / Max Slaven
TRADE EXHIBITION - Maison et Objet, Paris
We're delighted to be taking part in the trade show Maison & Objet for the first time this month. We'll be showing the latest additions to our 'Natural Camouflage Collection' plus products from our current collections. If you are a buyer or press and want further info, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
EXHIBITION - UKTI Fashion & Lifestyle Mission to Japan
Nov 4th-5th 2015, British Embassy, Tokyo, Japan
We were excited to be part of this year's UKTI showcase in Tokyo alongside thirty other British based companies, where we introduced our brand and our products to Japanese buyers, agents and importers. To read more about the mission, please click here.
EXHIBITION - Scotland Re:Designed Interiors Showcase
Oct 8th-10th 2015, Dundee
We were delighted to take part in this year's Scotland Re:Designed Interiors Showcase at the Vision Building in Dundee alongside talents such as Dana Finnigan and Catherine Macgruer. We were also honoured to be voted the winner in the 'best emerging designer' category by judges Katie Treggiden, Ella Doran, William Knight & Rosey Blackmore. Thank you judges!
EXHIBITION - designjunction
Sep 24th-27th 2015, Victoria House, London
We are returning for the second year to designjunction (part of The London Design Festival) to exhibit our new collections to trade and the public.
EXHIBITION - Craft Scotland Summer Show
Aug 7th-30th 2015, White Stuff, Edinburgh
Now in it's third year, the Craft Scotland Summer Show is back this August on the second floor of The White Stuff and we're delighted to be part of it for the first time. Featuring a range of hand-made items from across Scotland, including ceramics, textiles, jewellery and homewares by makers such as Anaïs Paulard, Ruth Hollywood and Julia Smith.
We're delighted to be showing some old favourites, plus some new purses and wristlet pouches form our forthcoming new collection...
COLLABORATION - July 2015
bakery47 x Laura Spring
bakery47 are, in our opinion, Glasgow's finest bakery. Not just because their bakes are incredible in taste and presentation, but because Sam and Anna (the couple behind it all) are two of the nicest people you could meet. Their new premises opened earlier this year on Glasgow's south-side and has been a hit from day one. It has been complete joy to work with them on an exclusive print design for a tote bag for their bakery.
Inspired by the triangular shapes that are made when pastry is cut to create croissants and the simple circles of sweet macaroons, we created this bold print design. Each bag has been screen printed in-house onto a certified fair-trade deluxe canvas tote bag using one of our favourite colours....navy.
Available to buy in person from their bakery at: 76 Victoria Rd, G42 7AA.
COMMISSION - June 2015
The National Trust for Scotland x Laura Spring
At the end of last year we enthusiastically replied to a call out by Craft Scotland and The National Trust for Scotland to work with them on creating their first collaborative range. The result is this bespoke print that was transformed into totes, pencil cases and purses. You can read all about the project and the inspiration behind it over on our blog here.
COMMISSION - May 2015
Belle & Sebastian x Laura Spring
We've been thrilled to spend time creating an exclusive print design for the wonderful Glasgow band Belle & Sebastian that we have applied to three products as part of a new range of merchandise for their current UK tour. Inspired by maps and travel, we produced this simple yet bold design in a range of three colours that we transformed into some exciting new rucksacks, pouches and notebooks.
All products are available in green, light blue or orange exclusively through Belle & Sebastian. The notebooks can also be purchased as a set of all three colours.
COMMISSION - April 2015
Lush Oxford Street x Laura Spring
After working with popular high street store Lush last year on a bespoke bag for their newly refurbished Glasgow Buchanan Street Store (see blog post here), we were really excited to be invited to work with them again this year on a product for their brand new flagship Oxford Street store in London! Lush very kindly asked us to create a series of three knot wraps based on the Face, the Explorer and the Shower...
The first 150 have been screen printed in-house by us in eye-popping colours and are available now as a set in-store.
Lush are a company who we really admire, not only for their love of bright colours but also their ethical policies and support of the hand-made product. So thank you Lush for having us back!
RESEARCH TRIP - February 2015
The second part of this inspiring project took us and three other scottish designers to Ahmedabad for a two-week research and development trip to further our samples from last August's exhibition.
To read more about what we got up to on this trip, please see our blog post.
COLLABORATION - December 2014
Cecilia Stamp x Laura Spring
We've been a huge fan of Cecilia Stamp's beautiful resin and enamel jewellery for a long time here at Laura Spring HQ! So when the opportunity arose to work together on this limited edition range of brooches, we jumped at the chance! Using our fabrics and Cecilia's resin skills and eye for shape, we created this unique collection...
Available to buy in person this thursday 18th and friday 19th between 12-4pm at our studio sale - Grey Wolf Studios, 131 Craighall Road, Glasgow, G4 9TN.
COLLABORATION - December 2014
Ciara Phillips x Laura Spring for House of Voltaire
It has been thoroughly exciting to collaborate with artist Ciara Phillips on a limited edition bag for the fantastic biennial shop, House of Voltaire. House of Voltaire is a temporary shop set in the heart of London's Mayfair from the renowned gallery, Studio Voltaire with the purpose of supporting their gallery and education programmes.
For this edition of bags, we worked collaboratively with Ciara, screen printing onto a single piece of cambric cotton to create the lining using a palette of five colours. The exterior is made from a grey waxed cotton and the trims are made from a vegetable tanned leather.
Every bag has a unique lining, all of which can be seen below...
Available to buy in-store at House of Voltaire until Saturday 20th December.
COLLABORATION - December 2014
Intoart is an artist-led visual arts organisation based in London working with adults and young people with learning disabilities. We were delighted to be approached by them in the summer to work together on developing a small series of products. This bag is the first outcome and uses artist Mawuena Kattah's beautiful drawings of vases as the main fabric of the bag and inspiration behind the shape and size.
Mawuena Kattah for Into Art
Dimensions: 37cm(w) x 41cm(h)
Materials: Digital printed unbleached cotton duck. Cotton lining and inside pocket with navy zip fastening. Handles - vegetable tanned leather
Photo credit : Lol Johnson
COMMISSION - House of Voltaire 2014
12 November - 20 December, Mayfair, London
We were delighted to be asked to work with House of Voltaire again on their biennial shop that supports the gallery Studio Voltaire. This year we've designed and printed an apron for them using their signature House of Voltaire print.
EXHIBITION - September 2014-January 2015
Curated by Krista Blake
EXHIBITION - August-September 2014
India Street Part 1: The Bombay Sample Book, Gayfield Creative Spaces, Edinburgh
(From l-r: Print Sample IV - screen print on canvas 80cm x 80cm, Print Sample V - screen print on canvas 80cm x 80cm)
India Street Part 1: The Bombay Sample Book' is an exhibition exploring new responses to the Turkey red archive of Scotland and indigenous textiles of India. Seven designers and artists from India and Scotland were invited by curator Katy West to produce a sample in response to the collection. These included Charlotte Linton, People Tree, Emlyn Firth, Gabriella DITano, Lokesh Ghai and Raw Mango. Further details of how we created our print and the inspiration behind it can be found here.
COMMISSION - August 2014
We first met Ned from Not Another Bill at a trade show back in 2012 and we began to discuss how we might collaborate on a product. For those of you that don't know, Not Another Bill is a brilliant idea for anyone who as they put it 'is bored of just getting bills in the post'. You can subscribe or get them sent to a friend as a gift (which we think is a brilliant idea!), but each month a different product comes through your door, beautifully gift wrapped and looks like a delight to open. They have worked with an amazing variety of artists, designers and brands since they began and have created everything from reclaimed teak chopping boards to a whole host of stationary wonders!
When we were approached by Ned, we were already fans of the company and the idea behind the brand so were honoured to be invited to join in. After many discussions we decided to work on a product inspired by our Convergence print duffel bag and came up with this sunglasses pouch in three exclusive colour ways to NAB.
(all photos courtesy of NAB)
COMMISSION - June 2014
Small Is Beautiful
The great team behind Small Is Beautiful approached us to design and print a limited edition set of bags for their conference in June of this year. To read more about the inspiration behind this design, check out the blog post we wrote on the commission here.
COMMISSION - May 2014
Earlier this year we were approached by Lush to design and print an exclusive bag for their new Buchanan Street store that opened on the 17th May 2014. We loved working for these guys and creating this bag for them! But there's only 200 that have been hand printed by us, so if you want one you'd better hurry down to the new store!
For more information on the project and behind the scenes images, have a look at our blog article over here.
COMMISSION - May 2014
Bespoke napkins for a photo shoot by Caro Weiss
Caro Weiss is one of our amazingly talented friends who we are very lucky to work with on a regular basis. When she's not taking photos of our products and other artists brilliant work, she takes photos of beautiful weddings. Not content with doing the same thing year after year, Caro often devises her own shoots with a talented team of collaborators to show people what the possibilities are...and she very kindly asked us to supply some special, one-off napkins for her latest shoot! You can see more of the images here.
EXHIBITION - April 2014
Openaries at Glasgow International 2014
Openaries was one of the events at this year's Glasgow International festival and was hosted by artists Laura Aldridge (Glasgow) and Anna Mayer (Los Angeles). They built a portable ceramics kiln that was used to fire objects offered by local artists or practitioners during the event at three different locations during the festival.
Our offering was to create a piece of protective clothing for each artist that they could wear during the firings and would be unique in design. We took inspiration from the idea of fire and the artists themselves...you can read more about the process on our blog.
Photos by Caro Weiss.
EXHIBITION/COLLABORATION - November 2013
Ever/Present/Past - Artlink, Edinburgh
(l-r above: Smile! Everything Is Growing Tote Bag £6.50, Fruit Salad Beach Towel £25, Bird of Paradise Bowl £10)
Working with artist Laura Aldridge, we were commissioned by Artlink, Edinburgh to help create a range of original objects in collaboration with patients at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital as part of their bicentenary celebrations. The result is this eclectic array of products from beautiful knitted blankets to ceramic bowls to wrapping paper, many of which were produced in-house by the patients and ourselves. All are limited edition products and are available for sale in Artlink's online shop.
COMMISSION - September 2013
Goodd are a design studio based in Glasgow established by Thomas Russell and Brian Proudfoot. As part of their involvement in 2013’s London Design Festival, Laura was commissioned to print and make a series of quilts for the designers using Rory Crichton’s graphic textile designs.
COMMISSION - January 2013
Fabrication of Artwork for Nick Evans
For Nick Evans' solo exhibition 'Solar Eyes' at the Tramway in Glasgow, we fabricated this banner for him using cotton and applique techniques.
COLLABORATION - December 2012
House of Voltaire
House of Voltaire is a biannual temporary shop organised by the gallery Studio Voltaire. It cites its inspiration behind the model as fashion ateliers as well as The Bloomsbury Group’s Omega Workshops amongst others. It invites an exciting and varied range of artists and designers to take part from Jeremey Deller to Peter Jensen to Julie Verhoeven. For House of Voltaire’s 2012 shop, Laura Spring and Laura Aldridge collaborated on a limited edition duffel bag using digitally printed fabric.
EXHIBITION - 25 October — 3 December 2012
'When the Wind is High' — The Lighthouse, Glasgow
Meteorological kites were developed between 1749 and 1933 as a way of recording information such as air temperature, wind direction and wind speed. Two University of Glasgow students, Alexander Wilson and Thomas Melville, carried initial experiments out here in Glasgow in 1749, curious to see if the air on the ground was warmer or colder than the air above the ground.
Kite experiments continued to develop throughout the 19th century, but it was in the late 1800s that The Hargrave Cellular Kite and Bowed Eddy Kite were invented. Lawrence Hargrave, an Englishman who emigrated to Australia, developed the Hargrave Cellular Kite in 1893. The American William Eddy developed the Bowed Eddy Kite in 1894.
The Malay kite, a tailless diamond kite, inspired him because its lack of tail allowed several kites to be chained together to reach high altitudes without en- countering any problems. Eddy added a bow to the cross bar, but he soon realised that the box kite developed by Hargrave was the superior design for weather experiments, so began using that model instead.
The six kites in this exhibition are intended to be recreations of the Eddy and Hargrave kites, built in a similar way, to similar dimensions using dowel and cambric cotton. The prints featured on the kites are experiments inspired specifically by the wind and the ways it has been recorded and visually represented over the years – from Vertical Gustiness Meters (1882) to Wind Roses to the more common arrow that we see on weather reports everyday.
COMMISSION - January 2012
Fabrication of Artwork for Laura Aldridge
Laura Aldridge is a Glasgow based artist whose work crosses many disciplines. For her solo presentation 'Underside, backside, inside, even' at the CCA, Glasgow (16th February - 3 March 2012), we made a series of oversized pockets for her from a heavy satin cotton which she then applied various treatments to in order to achieve their finished aesthetic.