We recently took five minutes to have a cuppa and a chat with our trader, Laura Stoddart.
Laura was born in Liverpool in 1971. She studied at Brighton University and The Royal College of Art and graduated in 1995, beginning her career with a commission by Royal Mail to design a set of Christmas stamps.
She went on to work for a range of clients including Gardens Illustrated, Crabtree & Evelyn, Portmeirion and Unicef.
Laura now lives and works in West Somerset with her husband and two children.
Her unit is stocked with stationery, mugs, bags and tea towels, which have all been designed by her and made by British manufacturers. There are three ranges available. ‘In Bloom,’ which is inspired by early natural history illustrations and her love of flowers, ‘Odd Dogs’, which is drawn from her collection of single china Staffordshire Dogs and ‘Tea Time’, which is taken from a family collection of pink lusterware china.
What’s your favourite daytime drink, tea or coffee or do you prefer something else?
What do you enjoy most about making/creating/what you do?
It is therapeutic for me to draw and paint, the pleasure when it goes well is like no other. I am a happier person if I am working and so everyone benefits, especially my family. But I also love the communication that being an illustrator involves, with clients, with other designers and the creative world in general.
Name one thing you couldn’t live without and why?
Apart from my husband and children for obvious reasons, it would be my sister, who I speak to every day and couldn’t survive without. She makes me laugh, offers the wisest council and is one of life’s great people.
What is the most important tool to help you when you’re crafting/creating/working?
Being on my own and a good radio playing.
If money was no object, where in the world would you most like to go?
New York, India and back to Sydney where we used to live.
In a normal week, how much time do you spend making/crafting/working in your business?
Too much and not enough at the same time, about forty hours a week.
When you’re not working what else do you like to do?
Walk the dog, go to flea markets and antique shops, garden and meditate.