Today we are pleased to introduce Laura Danby and her colourful geometric animals and illustrations. She will be joining us on Sunday November 13th at Brighton Open Market and Sunday 4th December at Worthing Charmandean. Find out more about her…
Please introduce yourself and your brand….
Hello – I am Laura Danby, a Brighton based designer with a passion for creating bold geometric patterns and fun animal illustrations, all with a touch of Scandi and a pop of colour!
How would you describe your style and your creations?
My style is very graphic and simplistic with a bit of a retro edge. Inspired by iconic Scandinavian designs from the 50s and 60s, I love taking a form and simplifying it into a graphic shape which can be printed, patterned, made into jewellery and more! I hope my products will make your day a little more colourful!
What do you enjoy most about your work?
I love what I do. Probably too much. Creating my own range of products that make people smile, gives me great happiness. I love the freedom I have within my work. I love to screen print my artwork and get splatted in ink, its like therapy to me!
What can we expect to find on your stall at The Fairy Tale Fair Brighton on November 13th at Brighton Open Market? And are you looking forward to taking part?
Christmas gifts galore! There will be prints, cards, brooches, keyrings, necklaces, bags, purses, craft kits and more! All handmade with my animal illustrations or geometrical patterns, packaged beautifully for Christmas gifts.
It will be my first fairy tale fair – and I can’t wait to take part! It has been on my radar for a while now.
Do you have a best seller?
Yes my fox necklace and brooch have been my best seller to date. Its a simplistic stylised fox face made from bright laser cut acrylic and engraved cherry wood. It looks great pinned on a wintery coat lapel!
Do you have any plans or ambitions for the future?
I have so many plans and ambitions, too many to write down in a small paragraph! Initially my goal is to create a new range of enamelware products, ready for next summer and picnic season!
I would like to move out of my home office and into a studio where I can spread out and get messy!
Also I have started supporting a charity called ‘The Honeypot Children’s Charity who support children aged 5 to 12 who are young carers or particularly vulnerable. They provide annual respite breaks and on-going outreach support. I give a donation for each Bee themed product i sell. So I hope that my sales will make a difference for a few Children who need some extra love.
Do you have a motto or inspirational quote?
In our house we have a motto that says ‘A ninja never gives up.’ Its a light hearted motto with a good message. If you want something bad enough you’ve got to keep trying, keep practising, keep going. It it makes us laugh – and ninjas are cool, who wouldn’t want to be a ninja?!
What part of Christmas do you enjoy the most?
I absolutely love Christmas, its so magical. The build up, the advent calendars, the excitement. The last few years we have been out for an early family cocktail on Christmas Eve to kick start the celebrations… then we come home and place everything out for Father Christmas! Both he and Rudolph are treated well here! Its a great time to kick back and relax and spend time with the family.