Makers for Makers: Hello Laura Jane
Hello Laura Jane is the workings of the amazing female artist, Laura Jane Baker. The Sydney based paper cut studio is nothing short of amazing. The dedication to time, detail, and beauty is evident in each and every piece as is the patience that Laura must have to be able to work in such a delicate medium. When you factor everything together, or just simply look at her end results, it is truly hard not to fall completely in love with Laura's creations! The pulling form nature and the thin organic lines—I can't get enough of it all!
Laura and I met through Instagram, the place that seems to be the hot spot for connecting creatives, and I am so happy that we did. She is an inspirational person and I couldn't be joyed to have found another artist who enjoys working in silence (call us weird, but we like it!). I'm so thankful that she allowed us to peak in on her life for a little bit to see how she brings it all to life. So it's here that I now encourage you to read on through her #makersformakers interview, you wont be disappointed—she is the loveliest human being!
TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF.
I am a paper cut artist from Sydney, Australia. I live in a tiny but cosy home with my husband Rhys and our kitten Ninja. During the day I work as a gift and stationery buyer, allowing me to meet and support many talented local makers and creatives. My evenings and weekends are usually spent paper cutting, watching Netflix and going for long walks.
WHAT MADE YOU REALIZE YOU NEEDED TO BRING THIS DREAM TO REALITY?
I started posting photos of my paper cuts on Instagram about a year ago. I felt so vulnerable putting my art into the world, as whilst I enjoy making each piece, I feel too close to it to form an objective opinion on whether it is any good or not. I was so surprised when people loved it and wanted to buy it. That support and encouragement has inspired me to follow this further and turn it into a business.
WHAT ARE THE CORE BELIEFS BEHIND YOUR ART?
I love the imperfections and human marks of hand made objects. I collect hand made ceramics and when I visit art galleries I get as close to the paintings as I can to see each stroke the artist has made. All of my paper cuts are cut by hand, they are all unique and time consuming and loved. That is very important to me. I also believe that art should be accessible to everyone, which is why I predominantly work in smaller sizes - I try to keep them affordable so anyone can enjoy a piece of original art in their home.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIGGEST OBSTACLE WHEN STARTING OUT?
Technically I am still starting out. As I am writing this I am in the middle of building my website, with the hope to open it in a few days. There is much more to think about than I'd realised, but the biggest decisions so far have been on my business name and my logo design. That took forever! I am way too fussy.
DO YOU HAVE ANY MAKERS YOU ADMIRED THAT HAVE INSPIRED YOU?
Instagram is a constant source of inspiration for me. I could honestly list every creative person and business that I follow!! I am particularly grateful for these creative people who have supported my little dream over the past year:
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY AS A MAKER LOOK LIKE?
When I have the time, I try to wake up early. I love to slowly brew a fresh cup of coffee, browse social media, and set up my workspace. Usually I start with some quick sketches or tiny paper cuts before settling into something larger. I can get lost in a piece for hours but sometimes there are distractions and I find myself playing with the kitten too much haha. I also like working in silence which people find strange.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT BEING A MAKER?
There are so many talented people I have met through sharing my art and I love being a part of this creative community. These connections have led to amazing opportunities - workshops, interviews, collaborations, even just yummy lunches with like minded people.
WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR MAKERS JUST STARTING OUT?
Begin? Haha, I am still beginning. When I first decided to do this, I came across this quote which inspired me back then and still inspires me now: