Laura Winstone

Laura Winstone

Laura Winstone is an award winning artist and illustrator based in Norwich. She uses paper collage to create bold, fun and colourful illustrations for editorial work, children’s books and specialised products. She is inspired by lots of things but loves drawing inspiration from decorative objects and nature.

Tell us about you!

I am an award-winning illustrator and ceramics artist living in Norwich. I have illustrated my first book in 2022 The Unofficial Guide to The Afterlife. I studied Textiles design, became a teacher and then embarked on a MA in Children's book illustration, which really help rejuvenate my work and help me get work with clients. I have always loved colour, pattern and bold shapes whether it be in illustration, ceramics or textile pieces. Being a maker is always who I have been, I have a deep sense of needing to create.

Where do you work?

I have a studio in my house, working on my illustrations and children’s books and I have a place at a local pottery studio to work on my ceramics.
I love working from home as I have everything to hand and I can create whenever I want to. It’s also nice you can get cosy and have my cat for company. It is nice to have a separate space for the ceramics as this is very different way of working.

What do you get up to when you aren’t illustrating or designing?

I like to get outdoors for bike rides or walks, along the coast or near a river. Creatively I enjoy making my own clothes or working on some embroidery, I have just finished a king size patchwork quilt which has been a long term project. I also love cooking.

Most frequently played tune in the studio?

I find sometimes I need silence to work and enjoy the quiet atmosphere to concentrate. On other days I like music like Flume or First Aid Kit. If I am working on an easier aspect of work I can watch some movies in the background.

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