We are thrilled to present the wonderful work of Dear Prudence, (Illustrator Laura Park) in a new exhibition of fine art prints at The Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre.
The world of Laura Park (AKA Dear Prudence) is deeply entwined with nature and folklore – animals, each their own character, plants, trees, birds, the trappings and comforts of home and story telling. Every Dear Prudence product starts out with Laura picking up her paints, her pencils, pastels and more. A clean, quiet, orderly studio allows ideas to flow on to blank sketchbook pages… the whimsical little characters Laura conjures, the textures she captures and the details she notes are digitised and turned in to cards, calendars, notebooks, prints and jewellery ready to be sent out in to the world.
Laura studied at The Glasgow School of Art, specialising in Printed Textiles. Later she found herself in Yorkshire pondering her future and wanting to carve out a little corner of her own. What seemed like a step backward, was really her step forward, and Dear Prudence was born in a flash of inspiration and a leap of faith. Laura booked her first trade show, started work on her first collection… and the rest is history. Dear Prudence now has more than 100 stockists around the world, including Liberty, Fenwick’s of London and the V&A.
This exhibition takes you on a journey of forgotten textiles and comforts of home. You will see many influences peppered here, Intricate Lace Patterns, Traditional Welsh Blankets, Cross Stitch and Patchwork Quilts. The fabric of life, woven together perfectly with Laura’s unique take on place, story and sentiment.
After a year in the making Dear Prudence, has just launched their very first jewellery collection which you can also see on display at Elsie Whiteleu
Laura has collaborated with local jewellery designer Sophia Hargreaves to bring you this beautiful capsule collection of their favourite dear prudence animalium. Each piece is a labour of love, carefully made in Sophia’s studio at Beehive Mills in Hebden Bridge.
Sophia is a high skilled maker and sells her jewellery all over the world. She truly believes in keeping traditional handmade jewellery manufacturing techniques alive.
As a micro business Sophia supports her local community and it’s ethics.
Hebden Bridge is a vibrant town trying it’s very best to be more sustainable and green in it’s choices. This is something she always endeavours to carry over into her workshop practise, by using less chemicals and more recycled components wherever possible.
All artwork and jewellery is available to purchase. If you see something you like either let the reception team at EWIC know or email email@example.com The exhibtion will run until mid-August.