LAURA SPRING: ETSY AWARD WINNER

This week, we caught up with the lovely Laura Spring who gives us an insight into her 2016 so far. Last year, Laura won the ‘Best Emerging Designer’ award at our debut Interior Design Showcase receiving an award towards the cost of her participation and get this…the screen printin’ guru has just won Etsy‘s Regional Awards for Scotland in a series of design awards created to showcase the amazing talents of Etsy’s community.

Tell us more about your Etsy win?

I recently won the ‘Regional Award for the best maker in Scotland’ which was hugely flattering and slightly overwhelming as there were some great makers who made it onto the finalist list. The award means that a selection of my products will be featured in the Etsy Awards winners’ showcase at Tent London during the London Design Festival, plus I receive a package of business support from The Design Trust. Both of these prizes are much appreciated as it’s always good to receive business support as it’s often the part of running your own company that can get overlooked. Most makers are makers first, business people second, but it’s a balance that needs to be constantly worked on. Having my work showcased in London at Tent during the Design Festival will be incredible too as it has such a strong reputation so I am excited to be part of it.

What have you been up to since we last saw you at SR:D Interiors?

The end of 2015 seemed to disappear with all the usual goings on of Christmas but I was incredibly lucky to squeeze in a UKTI trade mission to Tokyo shortly after the showcase. It was an amazing opportunity to take my products over to Japan for a five day visit where I met lots of interesting buyers from various Japanese stores, distributors and agents whilst also learning about the Japanese market and shopping culture from UKTI specialists.

It’s been a busy year so far and began with an interesting experience at Maison & Objet followed swiftly by a Craft Scotland research trip to New York to visit the trade show NYNow! with a group of around eight Scottish makers.

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‘India Street Bazaar’ an exhibition at Tramway © India Street / Max Slaven

Since then I’ve been firmly back in Glasgow working away on various new exciting projects such as a limited edition commission I’m just about to send off to Heal’s in London. I’ve also been busy working on new designs for the Autumn for my own collection which I’ll be launching at designjunction in September which includes a completely new product I’m really excited about revealing! Most recently I’ve taken part in the launch of ‘India Street Bazaar’ an exhibition at Tramway showcasing the results of this two-year project myself, three other Scottish designers and three Indian designers are involved in that aims to ‘highlight the importance of economical and ecological sustainability to consider how contemporary designers can work ethically in a global digital age.’ www.indiastreetbazaar.net

Is it just as much fun teaching traditional screen printing as it is working on your own stuff?

Definitely. I really enjoy teaching screen printing because every class is different with completely different results which is always exciting to see. It’s also really nice to share those skills with others and spend time on the print table getting my hands dirty especially if I’ve had a week where it’s been more computer based.

Who’s home would you most love to see your designs in most?

I would love to see my work in Jarvis Cocker‘s house mainly because I love his music, but also his sense of style and who he seems to be. Music has always been really important to me and I love nothing more than a day at the print table listening to my favourite tunes. If  Armi Ratia (one of the founders of Marimekko) were still alive though I would love to be in her home as Marimekko are one of my favourite companies.

India Street Bazaar is open until 24th July 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.