Contemporary Home Décor
Discover the stunning creations of Laura Carey. Her company, Zeal Illustration is based in the south of England, and provides hand drawn and hand screen-printed illustrations on a range of paper and textile products. We met up Laura Carey to learn more about her business and what inspires her designs.
What is the story of your business?
I trained as a screen printer at university and, although I worked in the charity sector for a while after graduating, I always longed for days to spend screen printing.
I often think of the process of designing like thinking something to life - the name Zeal means a great energy or enthusiasm. I first heard the term used in the Bible to describe God willing something into being and this perfectly describes my artwork. Walls come alive when filled with art and we design prints of all sizes to either display as standalone statement pieces or they can be combined to form a picture gallery.
We only use only water based inks that have a low environmental impact, these inks don't fade or run and provide excellent colour and durability. Colours are printed using a colour blending technique, which makes each print unique. We also use gold foil in some of our designs which catches the light beautifully and is very decorative.
Where do you find inspiration for creating new designs?
I find that the most natural way to design something new is to design it for my own home. I have some new prints of monkeys for 2018 which came simply from wanting more monkeys on my wall. My new collection has also been influenced by Frida Kahlo portraits, Japanese painted silk screens, Gucci's 2017 collection and my garden.
What methods do you use to produce your artwork?
I initially hand draw everything in pen and ink and then screen print the designs using a silk screen.
What advantage would you say your art has over mass produced artwork products you would find in a department store?
Our products are all printed by hand so no two prints are the same. As the designer I'm part of every stage of production making sure the final print is exactly how I imagined it.