LAURA McCAFFERTY

Nottingham based artist using textile, screen print and hand stitch to create hyper real, reportage artwork. Laura's work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally and featured in books and press worldwide. Recently won a 2008 Nottingham Creative Business Award  for Crafts and was shortlisted for 2008 Wesley Barrell Craft Awards.

About the Artist

Born Derry, Northern Ireland.  Laura moved to Nottingham in 2000 to take her degree in Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent. Following this in 2004 she set up her creative practice. Since then Laura has exhibited nationally at Origin, 100% Design, Nottingham Castle, City Art Gallery, Millennium Galleries, The Biscuit Factory, Platform Gallery, Mint- to name but a few.

Over the past few years Laura has also travelled internationally to exhibit. She recently represented the UK at The Biennale of young artists from Europe and the Mediterranean Xll edition, Bari, Italy in association with Arts Council England. She took part in two missions to Japan with Design Factory titled British Crafts in Japan exhibition, Ozone, Tokyo and travelled to New York twice with Crafts Council for New York International Gift Fair.

Laura's artwork has been printed nationally and internationally in the Sunday Times, Selvedge, Image Interiors- Ireland, La Republica-Italy, Blackpool- France. Embroidery magazine, The Guardian Weekend, Design week, Vogue- Australia, Glamour-Italy, Irish Independent and The Evening Standard.

Images have been published in the books Contemporary Textiles: Drucilla Cole; Big Book of Fashion Illustration: A World Sourcebook of Contemporary Illustration and Imagemakers: both Martin Dawber.

Commissions have included portraits from 56x56cm to a 300x100cm piece featuring 25 people; a limited edition collection for The V and A, Card designs for Little Dog Really Likes, Adverts for both Spanish and Japanese companies and installations for private clients.

Laura has been a part time tutor and visiting lecturer at Nottingham Trent, Derby, Norwich, Bolton College of Art and Design and has given many talks at the Embroiderers Guilds.

Laura has become known for her hyper real fabric illustrations. An early preoccupation with the elderly in her final year of art college was the first attempt to grasp and capture something before it vanished. All the images are taken from real life personal experiences. The visual recording of human interaction combined with craft based techniques defines her practice.

'Recently the scale of my work has been growing. This is a challenging and exciting phase in my work. The aim is to build a body of 10-15 intricate artworks- I am working on number four.

You can see some of the results at Drawing with fabric, Solo show at Bath Fashion Museum 9 January- 19 April 2009 and Material Evidence, The Brindley, Feb 21-April 11 2009'

Further Images

The Brighton Donkeys

The Brighton Donkeys

2008 157x137 Textile, screen print, hand stitch

Man with tea and plates

Man with tea and plates

2005 63x55cm Textile, screen print, hand stitch

lady with flower stall

lady with flower stall

2005 65x65cm textile, screen print, hand stitch


Young cards players

Young cards players

2008 127x175cm Textile, screen print, hand stitch

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