Laurie Hastings has been a part of our gallery for many years, filling people’s walls with bright, uplifting illustrative prints. We’ve caught up with Laurie as she releases her latest piece ‘Rainbow Powers’ and have chatted about what she’s been up to over the past year!
Laurie is an illustrator and printmaker. Born and raised in Hong Kong, educated in Edinburgh and London, and now drawing and printmaking from her studio in Nottingham. Laurie has worked for a wide variety of international clients, with commissions including book jackets for Random House, Hodder and Stoughton, and pieces for Project Calm Magazine, Psychologies Magazine, Live Happy, Brain & Life Magazine and a suite of mural size illustrations for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital’s birthing unit. Laurie is also a printmaker, creating Limited Edition Silk Screen Prints and exhibits in galleries throughout the UK and internationally.
Illustrative and emotive.
Basically any form of cake.
Yes! When I wasn’t able to physically create work, I was still working in my head – coming up with new ideas and taking time to develop them. I realised I had set boundaries for myself in terms of the work I produced – limiting the colour palettes and sticking to themes I thought people would expect to see from me. If this period has taught me anything it’s that life is fleeting and you’ve just got to go for it, so I’ve gone wild and it’s been quite liberating.
I’m really loving David Newton’s work, so vibrant and happy. I like how he uses no digital processes to create his prints, using cut-out shapes and drawings for his positives.
We’re hoping to go camping and hit the seaside in some favourite spots in Devon, Galloway and the West Coast of Ireland. And keeping everything crossed for sunshine, pub and pals!