My work brings art, craft, and design together as different facets of the same object. I make and design carefully considered textiles which are intended to refine a space in a full and comforting way: wall hangings, upholstery, domestic textiles, and window coverings.
LFN Textiles is the umbrella name for my textile design business. I license artwork for textiles, produce small edition items for wholesale out of my studio, and make small products for my Etsy shop. I show my fine art tapestries under my own name, Laura Foster Nicholson.
Central to my studio practice is to make hand-woven brocaded tapestries, which are one of a kind, rather precious works of art. I also design jacquard-woven ribbons, household textiles such as rugs, pillows, and kitchen textiles, all of which are readily available interpretations of some of the ideas which infuse my fine art weavings. The subject matter is often similar to the tapestries: gardening, cooking and domestic life. Pattern and color are my most expressive tools.
My subject relates to a sense of place, often domestic in nature. I have covered themes of architecture, domestic and historic gardens (an English kitchen garden, Jefferson’s vegetable garden at Monticello), fruit and vegetables, pebbles, farmland, and collected objects. Often my garden work maps out protected, quasi-natural places in sets of tapestries, wherein each piece shows a different element or view, layering experience of that place.
A sense of place is the important common thread, whether I am hand-printing lighthearted dishtowels, stitching fragrant lavender into sachets, or translating a beautiful garden into a gridded weaving. It is important to evoke that profound satisfaction of the right place, my Utopia.