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 the pottery on 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 has been so successful, we are now expanding our offering of Laura's prints with these new serigraph (silk screen) prints. Shown at right is The Architect; on the previous page is Spring Blossoms.
Laura's handmade serigraphs are limited edition, signed and numbered, and are all available matted or framed.
Laura now offers her prints under UV glass with a choice of two type of frames:
1) When noted framed 'RR', they are crafted in quarter-sawn white oak using mortise & tenon joinery and carved with the Roycroft Renaissance logo by another East Aurora Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, Thomas Pafk.
2) When noted framed 'MSF', they are a Mission Style Frame crafted in the US of quarter-sawn oak with normal mitered corners.
PLEASE NOTE 'RR' frames are hand crafted and take time to make. Block prints in 'RR' frames should be ordered before Thanksgiving to guarantee arrival in time for Christmas.