Our designers are at the heart of Black Box, with each glorious item we sell being a product of an independent designer’s wonderful imagination. We think it’s time you’re introduced to the faces behind the work.
Dear Prudence is the brainchild of Laura Park, an illustrator based in the historic city of York. Originally from Scotland, Laura studied at Glasgow School of Art, before turning her hand to running her own business. Laura’s drawings are inspired by animals, patterns and nature, and have a delicate sweetness to them that we just love!
BB: Describe your style in 3 words.
DP: Naive, feeling, endearing
BB: What inspires you and your work?
DP: Patterns, textiles (quilts in particular) nature and giving animals little personalities. Oh and all things paper. Paper is my constant inspiration and obsession.
BB: What’s your earliest memory of being creative?
DP: Drawing a ghost when I was 6. I remember being really frustrated I couldn’t colour it in white, as the paper was already white. I tried anyway!
BB: Give us a brief run through of your average day in the studio
DP: My days are very different from how they were 10 months ago. Since having our son Amos he takes up most of my time during the day. As soon as my husband gets through the door at 5pm I run up to my studio and run off orders, pack them and go through my emails. If I am lucky I may get a couple of hours to draw and create new patterns for a new wrap or card. It’s pretty tough juggling everything but I manage. Weekends are great as I get all Saturday in my studio while my husband takes Amos into town for the day.
BB: Are there any parts of the design process you love / hate?
DP: I love drawing. I created Dear Prudence so that I could draw everyday. I am lucky that people buy my cards. I find working on commissions very difficult. It’s not that I dislike it I just find it a struggle. When a client has a picture in their head it can be an uphill battle trying to achieve this as they often change their mind when they see it in existence.
BB: How do you tackle designer’s block?
DP: I get out and breathe. No point in fighting it. I just accept it’s not happening and hope for a better day tomorrow. A good browse on Pinterest can also do wonders.
BB: Do you have a favourite piece?
DP: My three new prints are something of an achievement. I drew them when Amos was only 6 months so I am pretty proud of myself. Drawing them was like therapy for the soul. It’s made me want to create a whole collection of prints.
BB: What would be your dream creative project?
DP: I have always wanted to collaborate with a writer and create a Children’s book. I am a big fan of Jon Klassen’s books. It is a life long dream and one I hope to live.
BB: If you could collaborate with another designer/artist who would it be?
DP: Anthropologie or Donna Wilson. I would love her to knit one of my animal drawings.
BB: If you weren’t a designer, what would you be doing?
DP: I would have my own shop/café.
BB: If you could move your studio to somewhere new, where would you go?
BB: What’s on your studio playlist at the moment?
DP: Agnes Obel, Low Roar, Ane Brun, Junip and Samantha Crain.
BB: Who would you love to own one of your pieces?
DP: David Bowie.