I am Laura Bevan (Folky Flo!),working as an Artist, Crafter and creator of little folk!
I originally trained as an Graphic Designer but never progressed to computer Graphics which is a world that I find alien. I have also worked as an illustrator which I enjoyed but found working to a brief uncreative. After years of struggling to find a creative direction I started to make dolls. This has become my passion! I work from my little studio within my North London home. My working space is a jumble of fabrics, paper, brushes, wire, foil, inks, paints, clay and a lot of other ‘stuff’ (that may come in use one day or maybe never!)
Creating my Art folk dolls, Little heads and shrines brings me so much pleasure as it incorporates all of my favourite crafts. Model making, illustrating, sewing and knitting. Each doll I make is unique, there is never a replica. Each doll/figurine has, in my eyes its own character and personality.
I am hugely influenced by Folk Art, Indian wooden carved dolls and antique china dolls. I’m also influenced by illustrators like Beatrix Potter, E.H.Shepard, Walter Crane, Edmund Dulac, Eric Fraser to name just a few. Artists who have always given me great joy are Frida Kahlo, Vincent Van Gogh, Marc Chagall, Botticelli, Gustav Klimt and quite a few others that I could name but the page isn’t long enough.
I do post daily on Instagram (my visual diary) so for daily news head over to @folkyflo