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.
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 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 of quarter-sawn oak with normal mitered corners.
Please Note the Special Pricing below when buying a matted or framed pair of Winter Woods.
Customer comment on the framed Winter Woods I block print: "It was a big hit! He says it was awesome." Jeff, Oak Park
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.