We are so excited to announce the addition of Laura Dro Designs & Art to Shop Ten 25! Laura has a great eye for color and design, and her original artwork delivers a big dose of color, texture and wow factor to a room. We caught up with Laura this week to get some insight on her background, what she loves most about her work and her biggest sources of inspiration. Don’t forget to follow her blog, Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter (@LauraDroDesigns). Then head over to Shop Ten 25 to check out her collection!
What’s your story?
Laura Dro: I grew up in Jacksonville, FL near the sunny Atlantic Beach and received my B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of Florida. I think growing up in Florida instilled the bright and vibrant colors that influence my artwork. I have always worked in a creative field; from working as an art teacher to working at an Art Consulting firm in Chicago. I couldn’t stay away from the art industry! I always knew I was destined for a creative career where my hands were covered in paint, but it took me several years to hone in on what I really wanted to do. Painting and creating textile designs is a great combination for me. I can pick up the paint-brush and create a great painting and then use that as inspiration for new patterns.
How did you become a designer?
Painting and exploring the arts has always been a constant in my life. Putting a paintbrush to canvas is second nature and is something I’ve done since I was little. In college, I learned the technical side of painting. Afterwards, I really took the time to develop my style. It wasn’t until I was designing stationery and wedding invitations in 2009 that I really started to develop a love of my artwork on different types of products. That experience made combining art with textile designs a natural next step for me!
What draws you to art and textiles?
I love that the possibilities are endless! It’s never monotonous to me and I love challenging myself. There’s always a new look or trend, and I love interpreting those with my own style! It’s also exciting to see my artwork develop for a product or discover a new series of paintings. My favorite aspect of my job is knowing that someone chose my artwork to hang in their home. It’s a very humbling feeling.
Where do you find inspiration for your work?
I am very inspired by interior design and home . There are so many wonderful things you can fill your home with. I also love venturing outside of my comfort zone. It gives me such a different perspective on things, which is just what every artist needs! Travel has also influenced my artwork and designs. Seeing different cultures and textiles from trips to Greece or Paris plays a big role in my work.
Describe your style.
Color is where it all starts for me! My paintings, designs, and artwork are a versatile blend of modern and classic designs with fresh and vibrant colors.