Hi, I'm Laura...
I'm a freelance surface designer and illustrator specializing in creating original artwork for paper goods and home decor. I have a background in fashion design, and worked as an in-house print designer for a women's apparel brand, so I also have experience with repeats, color indexing, and preparing files for production. Since freelancing, I've been focusing more on gift wrap, bags, and greeting cards. Some of my current clients include American Greetings, IG Design Group, Designscapes, and Pictura USA.
Do you need artwork for your products? Just need a little freelance help putting artwork into repeat or preparing it for production? Have a special project in mind? Email me and let's chat!
My story.
I have been drawn to art for as long as I can remember. I was born in Colombia, but came to the US as a little girl, and grew up in New Jersey. In high school, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in fashion design, so I moved to Philadelphia and got my fashion design degree, where I fell in love with textiles and computer aided design. After graduation, I spent 11 years working as a colorist for David's Bridal (you might be wondering what that is... I developed color standards for each season and ensured that the color matched to standard in every batch of fabric that was dyed).
I then moved to Columbus, OH after my husband got a job there, and was fortunate enough to land a job as a print and pattern designer for Lane Bryant... my dream job! While there, I re-learned Photoshop and Illustrator, I learned how to put patterns into repeat, and my love for art was re-awakened. I loved going to work every single day!
When the pandemic hit, I unfortunately lost my job, and we made the decision to move back to the Philadelphia area. I am now a stay-at-home mom to my small kids, and I draw and paint and design every chance I get. I also love to read (I'm a huge Harry Potter fan!), and was an avid knitter for years. I own about 13 pairs of my own hand-knit socks, and countless shawls.
I find inspiration in the world around me (especially flowers!), in my kids, and in everyday life. My designs are vibrant and painterly, with a delicate and feminine touch. I love to design for the stationery and gift wrap markets, with a bit of fabric and home decor thrown in.
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