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 and a few prints remain available directly from Laura.
Laura practices in more than one medium. Besides block prints, from time to time she does serigraphs and also paintings which she reproduces via giclee or lithograph.
All of Laura's prints are signed and numbered and are sold with an archival quality mat. The matted prints can be purchased unframed or framed.
Laura (shown at right printing) offers her prints framed under UV glass in either a MSF 2" quarter-sawn white oak Mission Style Frame with mitered corners or a RR quarter-sawn white oak Roycroft Renaissance frame with mitered corners and the double Roycroft Renaissance logo carved in the lower right hand corner by fellow Roycroft Master Artisan Tom Pafk.
For Laura's Seasons IV print also under UV glass there is a choice of four frame styles:
When noted framed 'MSF', the frame is Mission Style crafted of quarter-sawn white oak with normal mitered corners. The Mission Style frame is available in a choice of 2" (MSF 2) or 3" (MSF 3) frame stock, see below.
When noted framed 'RR', the frame is Arts & Crafts style quarter-sawn white oak using mortise & tenon joinery with the word 'SEASONS' carved in the bottom rail and the double Roycroft Renaissance logo carved in the lower right hand corner by fellow East Aurora Roycroft Renaissance Master Artisan, Thomas Pafk, see below.
When noted RR Spc the frame, designed by Tom special for this print, is a more stylized quarter-sawn white oak mortise & tenon frame with an arched bottom rail with the carved word 'Seasons'. The top rail is also arched with the carved double 'R' relocated, see below.
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.