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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.

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 ..you 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

new york skyline collage

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new york city women collage by laura redburn

recently i was asked to create a collage for curioos’s NYC skyline series. at the time i was feeling a little uninspired, but knew a little challenge like this would get the creative juices flowing again. or, at least for a while anyway, but that’s another story.

anyway, i had an image flash into my head of a woman dominating the skyline (no, not in that way) and a composition that was quite minimal and slightly fashion based. so, like most of my collages then! in fear of this image disappearing and losing my mojo, i quickly got to making.

the initial image looked a little flatter, so i introduced the gradient to give the sky the look of a soft sunset, and made the yellow a bit warmer. that alone really bought the image to life in my opinion. i also had a couple of the circles within the buildings already, but felt it still needed ‘elevating’. so i took that thought and bought a few of the circles up into the negative sky space.

if you like this image enough to have it in your home (or want to give it as a gift to someone else) you can only buy from curioos, as this was made especially for their NYC skylines collection. you can get it as an aluminum print, a fine art print or even acrylic glass.

if this piece isn’t to your taste, but you like my other works, you can also find plenty of my other works at curioos.com/cardboardcities

new york city collage detail - empire state building

new york city collage detail - woman in magenta coat