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A place for my illustration work. Collages and patterns, personal and commissioned. Expect lots of colour. If you want to work with me, click ‘hire me’ in the navigation above.

collages of fritha from tigerlillyquinn

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collage of fritha from tigerlilly quinn - by laura redburn

i’ve followed frithas blog ( for longer than pretty much anyone elses. of course i read blogs before i discovered hers and made friends with said people, but for whatever reason the lines of communication frazzled out, but since discovering hers i’ve stuck by it for years. it’s been so lovely to see little wilf grow up, and to see sweet mabli too.

as may be obvious if you know either me or fritha, we are both big fans of colour and have very similar style when it comes to home-ware and fashion. so, when she approached me asking me to do a few images for her style posts from time to time, how could i resist?

sometimes when working with a friend on something it can be a bit daunting – you’re afraid you’re somehow going to really disappoint them or suddenly not see eye to eye on something. but fritha has always been wonderful to me and of course i really appreciate her asking me to do these for her. it does help that i absolutely love her taste in clothes.

if you’re a blogger and would like a portrait for your blog, or for instagram/anywhere else, get in touch via email and we’ll discuss your needs.

collage of tigerlilly quinn - by laura redburn

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

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