Giclee Print on Canvas
Laura Wilder (shown at right operating her hand-cranked letterpress) 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.
This new venture is the result of an oil painting which Laura reproduces as a Limited Edition of 200 signed and numbered giclee prints on canvas. Stretched on a frame, this new print is available as an unframed gallery wrap or framed MSF (Mission Style Frame) as shown below.
The original painting is titled 'Basswood Canopy' and is best described in Laura's own words:
"This painting was inspired during a hike in a nearby park last June.
"I was struck by the beauty of the sunlight behind these amazing rounded heart-shaped leaves, and the perfect linear patterns they made.
"Friends who know trees informed me it was Basswood.
"The glowing canopy of leaves over the still water gave a feeling of joyful serenity--is there such a thing?
"Well, the painting and prints hope to convey that same feeling to you!"