Laura is a jewellery designer / maker from Paisley in the West of Scotland. Having previously worked in graphics, she returned to study after having three children gaining an HNC in Applied Arts and an HND in Jewellery setting up her small jewellery business in 2016.
As well as a lover of the paisley pattern, Laura is drawn to the natural world around us, using this as inspiration in her jewellery designs. Since the very beginning of her jewellery making Laura has used recycled eco silver and continually strives to make her practise more sustainable.
In 2018 Laura set up a shared jewellery space, The Workshop, to create a space which gave individual small businesses an affordable space to work from whilst collectively being able to share ideas and equipment. This is where Laura designs and makes all her jewellery.
A brief history
The curved tear drop motif of the paisley pattern is believed to be of Persian origin & was popularised in 19th century Kashmir shawls. The production of these shawls was labour intensive & expensive. In the early 1800’s Paisley in the West of Scotland started producing replica Kashmir shawls on looms making them quicker & cheaper to produce than the originals. The paisley pattern is such an important part of Scotland’s heritage that in 2017 the first shawl made in Paisley was named as one of the top 25 objects that shaped Scotland’s history. Paisley weavers took an item in great demand & used their skills & technology to produce the shawls on such a vast scale the pattern became synonymous with the town& is still referred to as the paisley pattern today. Over the years the pattern has gone in & out of fashion but it is such an iconic design that is still adapted today, testament that the paisley pattern truly has enduring appeal.