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Arts Degree Show

Twenty Twenty

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The silk merchant application

The silk merchant application

Showcasing a variety of prints that work harmoniously in this setting. A mix of Tile inspired prints, large scale ikats, and a grain-textured wallpaper adorn this space.

Samarkand print

Samarkand print

The Samarkand print combines fragmented patterns with tonal textures, envisaged on velvet, the colours of this print harmonise the other exotic colours used in the collection

Tehran tiles

Tehran tiles

Inspired by the stunning Islamic tiles found in Iran in Mosques, this print celebrates the colours of the Spice Trail against the floral motifs often found in these tiles

Laura Catherine Podd

Bold colours are always at the heart of Laura's work, and her most recent project The Silk Merchant is no exception to this. Her most recent projects explore the Middle East and Marrakech through drawing and pattern development.

With an appreciation for hand-drawn designs and traditional techniques, Laura's work approaches Printed Textiles in a way that seeks to optimize her drawing skills, which when paired with her flair for colour, allows her to create distinctly innovative designs appropriate for all forms of surface pattern. Her keen eye for design, and exceptional knowledge of current trends ensures that her work is always ahead of the curve
Laura plans to launch her career through designing an interiors collection during her final year of university.
Her Final Major Project, The Silk Merchant pays homage to the intrepid travellers of the Silk Road in search of crafts and wares. The collection celebrates a historical love of travel and exploration of new cultures through studying artefacts found in museums from lands all along the Silk Road. The collection is imagined as a series of Prints that explore and reinterpret the patterns, crafts and textures that became tokens of Eastern Culture.

Final year project

The Silk Merchant


'19 Summer Stories - Designs sold internationally through Warehouse Fashions


August 2018 - November 2018

Design Studio Intern, Liberty Ltd

June 2018 - July 2018

Print Design Intern, Warehouse Fashions

March 2019 - March 2019

Product Development Intern, Designers Guild