Laura Wilder is an enthusiastic artist whose style fits perfectly into the aesthetic of the Arts & Crafts movement original and rekindled.|
Originally a typical college art major, she first worked as a commercial illustrator and graphic artist. At some point she was exposed to the work of the masters of the Arts & Crafts movement and she was stunned and exhilarated she had found an aesthetic that fit her personal style.
So she struck out on her own producing a series of block prints depicting "Artisans at Work," the first of which was modeled after Janice McDuffie who owns a pottery in East Aurora near the Roycroft campus. Soon she was drawn into the Roycroft Renaissance movement and Laura is now a Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan.
Laura became acquainted with Fair Oak Workshops when we approached her about creating a seasonal block print series inspired by the Dard Hunter illustration on the title page of Washington Irving's Rip Van Winkle published by the Roycrofters in 1905. That project was very successful.
Shown on the previous page is a copy of one of her most popular paintings: The Gloaming. At right is a copy of her personal favorite block print: Winter Woods I.
In addition making the block prints herself, Laura closely supervises the printing of her giclee prints and note cardsóreproductions of her originals--for color accuracy. By supporting local small businesses, Laura's giclee prints and note cards and all her framing are done by good friends who give her creative control.
All Laura's Holiday Cards are blank on the inside for you to write your personal greeting.