new collage for caboodle magazine

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caboodle magazine front cover

i don’t think the thrill of seeing my work in a real life magazine will ever quite go away. it doesn’t happen as often as i’d like, but i’ve been lucky that the magazines i have been in have been fantastic ones. one such being caboodle magazine!

i’d vaguely heard of them before, but lovely zabby at phosphor art (my agents) suggested i get in touch – and boy i’m glad i did! i’m quite smitten with this colourful and creative publication.

i got to choose between illustrating two articles, but the one i chose was because i immediately identified with it. you should buy the magazine to read the article in full, but in summary it’s about using craft (especially cross stitch here) as a way to deal and distract from chronic pain. though i’m not much of a crafter, i’ve always used art and illustration as a way to deal with both mental and physical woes, and i always encourage getting creative whenever you can.

next up, getting my work in (or on) a book!

if you’d like to commission a pattern or collage from me, for personal use, licensing or for a publication (or anything else), you can contact me via email.

stitch the pain away

collage by laura redburn in caboodle magazine

cut it out | book review

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book review: cut it out by poppy chancellor

cut it out!: 30 papercut designs to cut out and keep* – £14.99

despite being a collage maker myself, i don’t do much of what most call papercutting. this is partly because i prefer scissors over an scalpel (for dexterity/grip reasons). typically i consider what this book covers as papercutting, but there can be a collage element in it too. they’re different skills too, and i really admire the huge amount of skill and time that goes into papercutting!

firstly, if that front cover hasn’t drawn you in, i don’t know what will. isn’t it fantastic? it’s actually been cut too and it is certainly effective. for tactile people you will definitely want to feel this cover many times over.

book review: cut it out - intro

cut it out by poppy chancellor

‘cut it out’ starts off with an introduction to poppy chancellor, to papercutting and things you will need. it also goes into a bit of detail about the stencil templates and included within the book and how to display your pieces. there are quite a few chapters which have themes such as love, halloween, animals and more. in each, there are a few stencils for you to cut out (you can photocopy to keep the book intact) and each one is backed with lovely coloured card if you wish to cut directly from the book.

papercut template from cut it out by poppy chancellor

book review: cut it out - by poppy chancellor

a fun thing about papercutting is the ‘confetti’ you’re left with, and little snippets of it are included throughout the book, which i think is a nice touch. personally i’m very fond of the colours used in the book too, nice and colourful overall and really encourages you to get stuck in.

even if you don’t feel you’re artistic, cut it out is the sort of book almost anyone can get stuck into providing you’ve a bit of time and a scalpel! i highly recommend it, especially if you like making lovely decorations and personalised pieces.

flower power & penelope | new collages

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flower power collage by laura redburn

i’m just going to take a personal moment to ‘woohoo’ that i am finally on a proper collage making roll again. woohoo! long may it last.

i’m not the kind of person that’s incredibly prolific, and in this ‘more more more now now now’ world i’m glad i don’t let myself succumb to pressure or guilt that i should constantly be churning out work. of course you should always push yourself when you can, and you should work hard and have passion for what you do, but that doesn’t always equate to constant creation. it’s not possible for everyone, and even prolific creatives are (more) prone to burn out from time to time.

i think if you want to stay on top of the game these days you do need to get your work out there though. whether this be via social media (instagram & twitter are great for this), visual search engines like pinterest, email campaigns, blog posts, hiring a PR, in person networking can do any or all of this without constantly creating new pieces. share older work, share works in progress ..hell, share out-takes and doodles!

if you can get eyes on your work and ideally catch someones attention enough to commission you then as long as you have work out there (ideally your best) then that’s the important thing.

i’ve found in the past it can be hard sometimes to feel like creating without a ‘reason’ like a commission. having responsibility to create something for an audience, even if it’s just an audience of one, can really spur you on. as well as making an earning from doing what you love, too, let’s be honest. personal work can be so incredibly rewarding and can often actually be the work that gets you noticed. so, create when you can, don’t let the pressure get to you, and most of all feed your passion for your craft.

if you’d like to commission a pattern or collage from me, for personal use, licensing or for a publication (or anything else), you can contact me via email.

penelope collage by laura redburn