I am Laura Bevan (Folky Flo!),working as an mixed media Artist and Doll maker.
I originally trained as an Graphic Designer but never progressed to computer Graphics which is a world that I find alien. I have also worked as an illustrator which I enjoyed but found working to a brief uncreative. After years of struggling to find a creative outlet I found my direction in 2014.
I create Art dolls from wire frames covered in paper clay which are all hand painted and dressed with hand made clothes. The many dolls I’ve made have become collectables for many clients in the UK and around the world. Recently I have started to create artwork onto canvases using teabag paper which I print images onto. I then attach to fabric which I sew and paint using coloured inks. I work from my little studio at my North London home. My working space is a jumble of fabrics, paper, brushes, wire, foil, inks, paints, clay and a lot of other ‘stuff’ (that may come in use one day or maybe never!)
Creating brings me so much pleasure. I try and incorporate all of my favourite crafts. Model making, illustrating, sewing and knitting. I am hugely influenced by Folk Art, Indian wooden carved dolls and antique china dolls. I’m also influenced by illustrators like Beatrix Potter, E.H.Shepard, Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Eric Fraser to name just a few. Artists who have always given me great joy are Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Botticelli, Gustav Klimt and quite a few others that I could name but the page isn’t long enough.
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