Laura joined M.Y.O in early 2020, to help Diana, Kirsty and I (Sam) in the studio and to help us make the world more creative and colourful. Here is a little Q&A so you can find out some more about her. We're delighted to have her on-board.
So, tell us a little about you.
Hi! I'm Laura and I love M.Y.O! I first found out about M.Y.O when a couple of my best friends bought me a ticket to our watercolour flowers class. They knew I was feeling very creatively stifled during my long days as a lawyer and so bought me this gift as a bit of a respite. I absolutely loved that class and it set me in motion to get more creative in general, I started screenprinting and illustrating and eventually decided to quit my corporate job, go travelling and eventually come back to M.Y.O as Studio Manager!
What’s your story? Tell us a little about your background and what you do.
I am Studio Manager here at M.Y.O and run my own illustration-led digital design consultancy (website coming soon!), but my life hasn't always been this creative. I started my career as a copyright infringement lawyer, firstly in a large firm and then in-house at a music company. Now instead of filings and deadlines, my days are filled with kiln firings and class times.
What artist or artwork inspired you the most growing up
This is tough! The answer is soooo many - but if I had to pick one I would probably go for Mariko Mori, I loved her futuristic scenes when I was a kid even though I didn't understand the full context of her works, I just found her images so visually intriguing. I loved her last show at the RA as it was still alien and digitally transcendent but really gave you a peaceful natural feeling.
What artist most inspires you now?
Now is even harder to choose, our Instagrammable world means that everyone and their dog (literally) is a creative inspiration to me!
What do you create mostly for work and what do you create mostly for fun?
Well for work here at the studio I get to create all kinds of stuff, so far I have made t-shirts, cards, painted pottery and embroidery, to name but a few. I am loving illustrating on Procreate at home at the moment, and though it feels like fun, I mostly do it for the purposes of my side hustle.
What piece of work are you most proud of? Why?
Probably a miniature oil painting I did, it started off as a study of colour but I loved the way it turned out. See below!
Do you think people are just born creative or is it something everyone has, but many don’t explore?
Come on... everyone is endlessly creative!! And if you don't believe me, just come down to one of our busy sessions and take a look at what the person who said, "I'm so uncreative I can't make anything" at the beginning of the class ends up with. Our guests are constantly surprising themselves that they are able to make such rad stuff to take home.
What’s your favourite colour? Why?
Blue - COYS.
What’s your favourite album to listen to whilst you create and why?
If you were stuck on a desert island and had to bring 3 items with you to create with, what would you bring?
I'm pretty practical so I would say a knife for carving wood, a sharpie and a needle.
If you could give advice to yourself growing up, with the benefit of hindsight, what would it be?
It doesn't matter if people don't like you kid (especially teachers ha!), if something doesn't feel right then it probably isn't so just do what you want!
What / who made you decide to become a professional creative, rather than doing it as a hobby?
LOL me. I realised that there was a thin line between my personal and professional life and that this line was getting blurrier and blurrier the most senior I became at work. This made me realise that if my personal and professional lives were gonna merge, I had to be doing something I loved so it became time to work out exactly what that was.
What makes you most happy?
Moments of total happiness come for me either when I'm outside looking up at the sky or a building covered in the perfect light or just chilling with my family.
What’s next for you? What you would like to be doing in 12 months?
I would love to be working with M.Y.O towards a franchise!
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