We have so many talented independent designer-makers selling their work via The Maker Place and I just love hearing a little bit more about how they do it and taking a peek behind the scenes at where they work and what inspires them, so we’re starting a weekly Maker Stories feature, sharing a quick chat with each maker and a peek inside a different maker’s workspace every week.
This week, I’m very pleased to have had the chance to find out a bit more about the brilliant screen-printer and textile designer, Lara Görlach. I love her beautifully made original pieces; her wash bags and purses in particular are a favourite for gifts!
Hi Lara. Thanks for talking to us! So that we get an idea of what your work is all about, how would you describe it?
Hi – thanks for talking with me! I introduce myself as a printed textile designer specialising in the traditional craft of silk screen-printing, working to bring it to the forefront of contemporary design practice.
I do love how you use the traditional craft of screen-printing to create such gorgeous contemporary designs. What was it that got you started down this path? And what keeps you going?
I was instantly hooked into print design the moment I started my degree at Brighton University 7 years ago. I have never looked back or been tempted to do anything else. Designing prints for products is what I love the most.
What has your journey as a maker been like so far? What have been the highs and the lows?
Working as much as possible without going a little stir crazy! I am happy and proud to say that I love my job and there rarely is a day that I don’t actually look forward to going to work. However it hasn’t all been plain sailing. There are so many highs and lows to running your own business but two of them that stand out are being your own boss (yay!) but the downside to that is that you have to make all those difficult decisions on your own on a daily basis.
Oh just one more plus point! I am lucky that I don’t suffer from those Sunday blues.
I’m always fascinated to know exactly how things are made. What’s your process?
I specialise in the silk screen-printing process. It’s a process that’s entirely done by hand, translating patterns onto textiles for seasonal collections of interior, home and lifestyle products.
I love seeing maker’s studios, so thanks for sharing some great photos of yours! Where do you work? And how have you made your workspace just right for you?
My design studio is based in East London. I was lucky enough to have it passed down from another screen-printer, leaving me with the perfect space filled with all the equipment and materials that I need. I like to call the studio a ‘creative mess’ – full of colour, with every wall plastered with an abundance of different prints.
It looks like a great space and very creatively stimulating! What else inspires you?
I constantly draw inspiration from visualising and absorbing the everyday environment of structured lines, abstract shapes and geometric features. The chaos and the calm of my daily London lifestyle, leaves my imagination filled with a never-ending abundance of print ideas. Networking with people in my industry and maintaining my social media accounts are also important – all of which I do with a lot of joy and passion.
How do you switch off?
This is a very good question!
I try very hard but I almost find this impossible. I do however love to travel and always find inspiration everywhere I go, letting that be part of my switching off.
My Sundays are spent visiting at least one exhibition preparing me for the week’s work ahead.
I completely understand how hard it is to switch off when you work for yourself! But going to so many exhibitions sounds lovely!
What advice would you give a new maker just starting out –what do you wish you’d known at the start of your career?
Whatever the weather, stay focused, positive and enthusiastic.
Let go of certain things you can not always control and realise you can’t always do everything yourself. The only way I have managed to continue on is by pushing through it all and not letting any obstacles get in my way.
And, finally; what’s next for you?
I recently launched my new Spring Summer 2017 “Abstract Elements” homewares collection. I am excited to showcase this at various events coming up throughout the year and I hope to see many of you there!
Thanks so much for talking with us Lara and sharing your journey and inspiration!
To celebrate Lara’s Maker Story, we’re offering 10% off her beautifully made collection for a limited time only. Use code LARASSTORY at the checkout.
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