Meet the Artists – Laural Home

Meet the Artists

Laural Home is very fortunate to have a talented group of artists who dedicate their careers to brightening the world with beauty and color. We are thrilled to translate their visions into your space.

Lanie Loreth

Lanie Loreth received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Graphic Design from Arizona State University. Lanie is an award winning two and three dimensional designer. For several years she and her partners owned and operated a greeting card and gift company called Nature Things. Lanie lives in sunny Scottsdale, Arizona. 

"I draw, paint, design ...because I love to...want to...need to. I am inspired by the graphic shapes that light and shadow create as they fall across objects. The forms become abstractions in reality. They take on a life of their own and guide me in creating the mood and emotion in my work. I take many reference photographs to capture the light and shadow play I want. I sketch, realistically describing the subjects, then with color, I respond to them emotionally. For the viewer, I hope each piece will stir an emotion or at least a smile."

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Marla Rae

After over 30 years, Marla Rae Anders of Hastings, NE is going back to her roots...her artistic roots. Marla has been using her creative abilities in ways to help out whatever the cause, as she and her husband Brian have always been in the 'Gift Industry' business. Together they have produced everything from wood items, jewelry, gourmet food items, candles and more. A few years ago Marla started her own little side business called "Plaid Couch Designs", mainly to help others with graphic design work including designing logos, business cards and the like. She and Brian also continue to host the annual Barn Festival in Hastings, a big arts and crafts event that people have been attending since 1994. After raising three children in the home business, and selling the Barn Candle Company, Marla is excited about returning to her artistic roots. "I am so happy to be doing what I passionately LOVE (next to hanging out with great friends and family)”!

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Alain Pelletier

Montreal-based art director Alain Pelletier has been in the poster and licensing business for over 25 years. Alain started in the business as an owner of a stationery company with broad distribution throughout North America. Alain's keen eye for art direction helped launch his licensing business, Pela Concept. Alain loves to art-direct his team of artists to create new styles and images for the home and gift markets.

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Albena Hristov

Albena was born and raised in a family of artists in Eastern Europe. In 1984, Albena graduated as Master of Mural Painting, and shortly after graduation she created several large murals. After falling from a scaffold, she decided to take a safer path and moved to oil painting and mixed media techniques. For many years Albena exhibited her work at the prestigious Art Basel show in Switzerland, selling all of her originals at each show.

In 1990 Albena moved to California and continued to work in oils, holding solo exhibitions in Georgetown, Washington, DC, Los Angeles and Chicago. Enjoying the light of Southern California and traveling to exotic places is part of her creative process.

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Andrea Laliberte

Andrea Laliberte is a young Montreal artist with a degree in fashion design and a passion for beauty. During her studies, Andrea was fascinated by form and texture, which led her to develop a style of elegance, strength and femininity, mixing contrast and color. She is interested in the modern woman: independent, strong and confident.

She loves to travel and finds inspiration in the art and aestheticism of different cultures from every country she encounters. Andrea is glad to bring to you, with her paintings, the world as seen through her eyes.

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Anita Phillips

Anita Phillips has loved art since her days of crayons and coloring books. She received her first art set for Christmas at age five and has been drawing and painting ever since. She started painting professionally at about age 25. After studying four years in semi-private lessons with a wildlife artist, she set out to develop her own style, painting everything from delicate florals to whimsical children’s designs.

Inspired by all of nature and influenced by a lifetime spent in the Midwest, she loves painting the things she has always encountered in her daily life there. “My favorite things to paint are in my own backyard,” she says. Anita now lives in the hillsides of rural Missouri with her husband and her youngest son.

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Anne Tavoletti

Drawing and painting have always been Anne Tavoletti's passions. Growing up in western Pennsylvania, she was enormously influenced by her artist parents. She also admires the work of Mary Cassatt, John Singer Sargent and Rene Gruau.

Anne received her associate’s degree in fashion illustration from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. Her style of illustration varies greatly and covers everything from editorial fashion to folk art. She works in a variety of media, including acrylics, pen and ink, colored pencil and watercolors.

In her free time Anne enjoys decorating, gardening and spending time with her husband, a graphic designer, and two teenage sons. She currently lives in a suburb of Pittsburgh, PA.

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Avery Tillmon

Media: Acrylics, oils, pencil and ink
Residence: Vermont
Categories: Bath & Boudoir, Figurative & Fashion, Coastal, Birds & Animals, Music, Movies & Media, Landscapes & Destinations, Global, Kitchen & Dining, Contemporary & Abstract

Avery Tillmon has made creating art a lifelong passion. After graduating from college with a degree in sculpture, he has followed a career in art that includes teaching and designing, as well as professional sculpting and painting. He likes to approach painting and drawing as he would for a very shallow sculpture, building and taking away until he has achieved what he originally envisioned.

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Candace Allen

Candace’s design and art career took flight in 1999, after she showed her paintings and collages in a number of gallery shows and published her first children's book, which she wrote and illustrated. From there, she has been on a journey creating art to adorn homes. She believes that when we surround ourselves with things we feel are beautiful, it elevates our minds and heightens our own creativity. Candace’s mission is to create designs that do just that.

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Cheryl Warrick

Cheryl is a mixed media artist, celebrated for her quilt-like paintings that incorporate symbols, archetypes and landscapes. She has been a painter, printmaker and illustrator for over 20 years. Her paintings are found in over 50 collections around the world including The Art Institute of Chicago, Cleveland Museum of Art, Hallmark Corporation, Harpo Productions, Museum of Fine Arts, and Boston and Fidelity Investments. 

Cheryl holds a BFA in Painting from Massachusetts College of Art and Design and an M.Ed from Lesley University. She shares her East Coast studio and home with her husband, daughters and adorable Shih Tzu, Cocoa. When she is not painting she can be found exploring the magic of her garden or practicing and teaching yoga.

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Courtney Prahl

Beautiful found vintage objects and paper inspire Courtney Prahl to create her whimsical mixed media and collage collections. Also inspired by nature, much of Courtney's work focuses on the world outside. 

Believing that art should be attainable to all, she teaches art to children at the local shelter and contributes art to local charities. Courtney studied art at both Marymount University and Clarion University of Pennsylvania. Today you can find her working from her home studio in Maryland where the walls are covered with her own children's art. 

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Danhui Nai

Media: Watercolors, Gouache, Acrylics and Oils
Residence: California
Categories: Floral & Still Life, Bath & Boudoir, Coastal, Birds & Animals, Landscapes & Destinations, Contemporary & Abstract

Danhui Nai was born in mainland China and raised in an artistic household with her sculptor father and painter mother. Her natural passion for art was guided through classical training which she applies in her California studio to create beautiful, on-trend artwork in a variety of media. She studied interior design later in Paris and New York City. She worked in the textile industry in Manhattan, where she continued her studies and artistic development.

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Daphne Brissonnet

Media: Acrylics, Gouache, Pen & Ink, Oils
Residence: Canada
Categories: Floral & Still Life, Bath & Boudoir, Coastal, Birds & Animals, Kitchen & Dining

Daphne Brissonnet has always been drawn to the beauty of nature. Her early studies in botany opened her eyes to the form, dimension and subtle colors of her natural subjects. As she discovered a universe of unexpected beauty in the flowers and plants she studied, painting these subjects became an important part of her life, while revealing her talents as an artist. Primarily self-taught, Daphne continues to refine her skills by attending workshops in France and the U.S., as well as closer to her home in Canada.

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David Carter Brown

The work of artist and designer David Carter Brown is rooted in the rich tradition of American folk art. David re-explores classic American imagery in his paintings and designs, retaining a sense of past while adding his own unique point of view.

In his artwork and home furnishings collections, David creates designs that reflect his passion for authentic country imagery. By combining classic patterns and motifs with his timeless images, he forms his own unique view of American country design.

Born in New York City, David, after attending Parsons School of Design, began his career producing handcrafted and hand-painted designs in the Folk Art tradition. Since then he has produced many licensed collections in wall coverings, china and accessories. Working from his studio in the rolling hills of Millbrook, New York, David is constantly inspired by his rural surroundings, rich in the traditions of farming and American country life.

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Elizabeth Jordan

Elizabeth enjoys the creative passage of creating art that makes a person feel connected and joy. With her vast knowledge of design, she is inspired by the love of color and texture to bring various subjects to life. She aims to create art that will warm up any room in the home.

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Emily Adams

Emily Adams paints what she loves: fashion, all things French, and feminine objects that capture the imagination. Self-taught, she experiments with texture and color, juxtaposing the new with the old. Inspired by exquisite Parisian storefronts and elegant country gardens, her work is admired for its elements of whimsy, her motto being "life is too short to overlook the beauty and humor right in front of us." Emily lives a secluded life in her cherished country home, traveling extensively, mostly to France.

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Fabrice de Villeneuve

"My past has been my source of inspiration. Growing up surrounded by lush gardens that overlooked the sea, my affinity with the environment characterized who I was to become. An antique dealer later in life, I surrounded myself with items that captivated my sense of beauty. When I became an artist and a creator in my own right, the richness and peacefulness from my youth fueled my imagination. My tribute and sincere gratitude goes out to all who have inspired me to continue exploring the art world.” — Fabrice de Villeneuve

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Jennifer Pugh

Jennifer Pugh, a self-taught artist, had aspirations to be an artist since she was young. After being introduced to Photoshop while working for a professional photo lab, and later working full time as a graphic designer, where she was trained in Illustrator and InDesign, Jennifer found she could use these different applications to create her own artistic visions.

Her unique style is inspired by everything around her, from fashion to photography to nature. She loves to play with different textures and colors to create a unique piece of art. She enjoys a challenge and is always trying new techniques.

Jennifer loves spending time with her husband and two boys where they live in Springville, Utah.

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James Wiens

James has always been an avid outdoorsman, having grown up in British Columbia — where he currently lives — surrounded by dramatic mountains and rivers. His artwork, primarily oil painting, reflects his love of nature and landscapes. James studied at the Emily Carr College of Art & Design in Vancouver, earning a diploma in printmaking and painting. He has applied the work ethic he gained on his family farm to his 30-year career as a professional artist.

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Jo Moulton

Artist and photographer Jo Moulton continues to be inspired by everything that comes her way. Jo loves creating with many subjects, textures and mediums. Her love of travel has given her inspiration from all over the world and is an important part of her creative endeavor.

“There is so much to discover and be a part of," she says. "To honor any part of the uniqueness of the wonderful world in a painting, and then having others connect with it, is a blessing that I count each day!”

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Kate Rowley

Bold colors and contemporary design are the hallmarks of Kate Rowley's work. Her collections, rich in design and texture, are fed from her successful career as a textile designer, creating stunning collections for the home.

Raised in a small village in Essex, Kate studied textile design and received a BA from Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in London. Her first year after graduation was spent designing prints for dress fabrics in London, Rome and Paris.

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Kathy Middlebrook

Born and raised in Southern California, Kathy’s artwork was influenced by the beach and her mom. Bright colors and fun prints were always surrounding her, whether on the shore or in her childhood bedroom, where her mom sewed and hung bright yellow and orange sunflower curtains. 

Graphic design as well as drawing with her favorite medium, colored pencils, has given her a chance to share her artwork in many ways. “If my work can bring a smile to your face, than I’ve done exactly what I wanted to do,” she says.

Kathy currently resides in Fort Worth, Texas with her husband and two dogs.

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Katie Pertiet

Medium: Mixed Media
Residence: Baltimore

Using both digital and traditional art techniques, Katie blends patterns, colors, textures and antique engravings to create something new. She says: "The style of 19th century artists speaks to me because it is classic and traditional." For over 20 years Katie has worked as a professional graphic designer. She creates products for scrapbooking companies and is a sought-after consultant for a variety of digital and design businesses. All of these endeavors complement and influence the artwork she makes.

We are thrilled to translate Katie's vision into your space.

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Lisa Audit

Media: Oil, Acrylics, Pen & Ink
Residence: Canada
Categories: Floral & Still Life, Words & Inspiration,
Natural Elements, Bath & Boudoir, Birds & Animals,
Landscapes & Destinations, Kitchen & Dining,
Contemporary & Abstract

Canadian artist Lisa Audit loves the world of decorating, and her artwork has successfully appeared on prints, stationery, wallpaper, fabrics and many other home products. Lisa paints mostly with oils on canvas but also works in acrylics and pen & ink for more precise imagery. She is inspired by past masters Picasso, Cezanne, Rubens and Manet. Lisa has a spacious studio in the basement of her home, where she lives with her two teenage children.

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Marco Fabiano

Marco Fabiano describes his work as making "everyday objects into things of beauty." His early education in Renaissance and European art history attracted him to the graphic, stylized design that has become his calling card. His images, infused with both romance and mystery, are deeply connected to the past and his love of antiquity. These things, combined with his lifelong fascination with ceramics, are the bases that shape the form and function in his paintings.

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Marie-Elaine Cusson

Marie-Elaine Cusson's worldly travels greatly influence the way she approaches the canvas. Teaching in West Africa, working as an au pair in Spain, exploring France, immersing herself in the Italian culture, architecture and sense of aesthetic, have all helped her develop observation skills and an eye for simple details, necessary for a good composition.

Markers and pencils on illustration boards and acrylic paint or gouache on canvas form her collections. Playing with texture and thickness of the paint, she creates images that reflect harmony and balance. "Nature plays a central role in inspiring me," she says. "I compose images that ring with positive feelings and a sense of inner warmth and simple happiness."

Everyday adventures inspire her work. She says: "I am always on the lookout for inspirational elements, whether walking my dog or on the road. The brick color of a building, the shape of a window or the vibrant colors and layout of a garden are all wonderful snapshots."

As a little girl, Marie was surrounded by her grandfather's artistic influence and stories of painting frescos on churches' ceilings. Later, French Impressionists such as Theodore Rousseau and Jean-Baptiste Corot, with their gift of being able to catch the natural light of the moment, inspired her.

Marie works from her home studio in Montreal, surrounded by her toughest critics. "Often my youngest will come and sit with me, and while doing her homework will comment on which parts I should take out and which ones I should keep!" she says. She shares her life and pursuit of art with her husband and their three children.  

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Marilyn Hageman

Medium: Acrylics
Residence: Illinois

Marilyn Hageman's rich paintings capture mood and energy. She began to paint horses at the early age of three, intrigued by their speed and motion. Now a painter of natural landscapes and botanicals, Marilyn still strives to capture the lyrical energy of the horses she drew in childhood. She also holds an MFA in painting. She now works and resides in Illinois, where larger-than-life canvases line the walls of her studio, depicting horses or wine or a villa on a hillside.

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Mary Urban

Growing up in the idyllic Vermont countryside, Mary Urban was encouraged by family and teachers to be an artist. At 18, she moved to Boston to study graphic design at the Massachusetts College of Art.

The lure of her peaceful country home was too much, and she returned to open an organic coffee and tea house with her brother. "Coffee, tea and cafe culture has always been a great passion to me, as it tends to bring communities and fellow artists together for conversations and the bouncing of bold ideas," she says. 

Today, Mary is known for working in a variety of media and styles from illustrative to classic. Working outside surrounded by nature comes naturally, and she can often be found standing or sitting under a giant maple tree working on her next collection.

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Michael Mullan

Media: Graphics
Residence: Vermont

Michael Mullan was born in Chicago, Illinois, and has been drawing pictures ever since he can remember. He received a BFA in Graphic Design from Millikin University in 2006, and shortly after, left the Midwest to obtain his master's in illustration at Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD).

During Michael's time at SCAD he was introduced to diverse methods of picture making. His inspiration and influences range from children’s and folk art to African quilts, henna and cubism. The graphic aspects of art, and the universal language of iconography, has left a lasting impression on Michael, as he strives to create colorful, eye-catching art which can be appreciated by both children and adults.

Michael's creative process is a combination of traditional and digital exploration. Once he has scanned various painted patterns, collage papers, and other bits and pieces, he creates wonderful and interesting artwork on his computer.

Michael lives above a pottery barn in Bridgewater, Vermont, and enjoys the quiet, slow pace of the country. When he is not creating art, he enjoys running through the hills and playing guitar.

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Mike Schick

Mike Schick began painting after years in three-dimensional art fields as a sculptor and home accessories designer and builder. As in those disciplines, Mike relies heavily on drawing and attention to surface detail and texture in his paintings. Mike still approaches each painting experimentally and is amazed and amused by the variety of influences on the final result.

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Pela Studio

Pela Studio is made up of like-minded artists based in the US and Canada, combining current trends and classic design to create a unique style. Using its knowledge of home decor, client feedback, and sharp eye for style, Pela Studio creates custom imagery to fit nearly any look or program. With combined experience of over 30 years, this studio group of artists creates an ever expanding portfolio of successful artwork — and has fun doing it! Its mission is to allow consumers to express their creative side and bring new and unique styles to the home.

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Roque Silva

Born in Bogota, Columbia, Roque Silva has a raw individual flair to his painting that comes from his vivacious personality and his multicultural experience. His family moved to Florida when he was a teenager, and he struggled with the culture differences. By chance he was enrolled in an introductory art class in his new school, and he began to experiment with painting. When a painting won an art show and was displayed in the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, Silva began to sell his paintings, enabling him to attend Savannah College of Art and Design where he is currently studying.

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Ryan Fowler

Ryan Fowler is an illustrator and graphic artist based in Chicago and Middlebury, Vermont. He received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design where he studied photography.

His artistic process was informed by his study of photography and photographic printing methods, both in the darkroom and on the computer. Ryan uses a hybrid of traditional and modern techniques utilizing drawings, paintings and computer-based illustration tools. He covers a variety of subject matter with his work including animals, landscapes, children's art, typography and graphic design. His work is inspired by nature, advertising design, and New England and Pacific Northwest iconography.

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Shirley Novak

Medium: Oils
Residence: Colorado
Category: Floral & Still Life

Shirley Novak is wild about poppies. She loves to paint them, to grow them and to share them with her fellow gardeners. Her childhood passions were growing, drawing and painting flowers, which she continues to do at her Colorado studio. Shirley paints in oils using a wet-on-wet technique. She paints en plein air whenever possible, either in her garden or on location when she travels.

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Silvia Vassileva

Medium: Acrylics, Oils
Residence: California
Categories: Floral & Still Life, Natural Elements, Bath & Boudoir, Coastal, Landscapes & Destinations, Global, Kitchen & Dining, Contemporary & Abstract

Silvia Vassileva pursued her love of art at the Academy of Fine Art in Bulgaria, where she earned both her bachelor's and master's degrees. She spent six years painting and exhibiting her work in Japan before moving to the U.S. Silvia describes her style as very free and bold. She makes her paintings come alive by using contrast and unusual color palettes. Her home studio, which she designed herself, is bright, contemporary and minimalist.

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Stephanie Marrott

Stephanie Workman Marrott has always had a deep love of art, be it fine art, gardening, interior design—anything that has an artistic flare to it. Stephanie learned to paint in high school and studied art in college, but graduated with a degree in advertising and design. And although she made that her career for years, she always knew that one day she would start painting again.

Inspired by her love of colors and textures, Stephanie tries to paint what she would put in her own home. She likes art that inspires. “There is so much beauty around us if we stop and look," she says. "I love creating art that does more than just hang there. Maybe it can inspire us as well.”

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Studio Mousseau

Studio Mousseau has worked in the commercial art market for 15 years. She has experience in commercial illustration, graphic design and, in the later years, designing and art directing for both the open edition print and licensing markets. Miss Mousseau fell in love with fashion and home decor magazines at a very young age. To this day, a trip to the newsstand is one of her favorite pastimes, and she finds a great deal of her creative inspiration in the home decor, design and fashion sections. Studio Mousseau's work features multimedia and painted work in acrylics.

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Sue Schlabach's Art

Media: Acrylics, Mixed Media
Residence: Vermont
Categories: Birds & Animals, Contemporary & Abstract

Sue’s love of the arts began as a child in southeastern Pennsylvania where she grew up in a house filled with references to botany, towers of books, antique quilts, and the ticking and tocking of many heirloom clocks. In such a place you just start to make things, and thus began a lifelong obsession. Sue’s art includes painted works in acrylics and oils, multimedia collage and photographic collage.

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Veronique Charron

Residence: Canada
Medium: Mixed media
Categories: Music, Movies & Media, Kitchen & Dining, Contemporary & Abstract

French Canadian artist Veronique Charron takes inspiration for her fresh graphic designs from the environment that surrounds her country home near Montreal, Quebec. Veronique's formal study focused on graphic art and design, though the style of her artwork is uniquely her own. From fashion to flowers, she captures her subjects using a dynamic mix of texture, color and youthful flair.

We are trilled to translate Veronique's vision into your space.

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Wellington Studio

A large bright studio space at the back of a small-town gallery is home to Wellington Studio, a traditional working studio with several junior artists working under the creative eye and tutelage of senior artist James Wiens. Each piece of art from Wellington Studio is a result of collaboration among the group. Their mix of creative minds, styles and genres is refreshing, always resulting in something new, creative and exciting.

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Wendy MacFarlane

Wendy MacFarlane is a British textile designer working in mixed media and the innovative use of computer graphics. She is inspired to interpret everyday subjects in a new and sometimes mischievous way.

Wendy received a BA in Textile Design from the Winchester School of Art, and then worked as a freelance designer. She has traveled the world, and finds the continuous task of balancing design and life invigorating. 

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Wild Apple Portfolio

Wild Apple Portfolio is a diverse collection of textiles, etchings, paintings and documents sourced from around the world. From these treasures, Wild Apple's designers create art that complements the lifestyle of the 21st century, while being inspired by centuries past.

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