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A walk with an artist

Recently I have been working with a number of creative clients, which has been incredibly satisfying. Freedom Wilson of Laughing Bird Designs is the founder of the Blue Mountains design blog The Cloudscape, a creative online presence that thas been sharing the stories of amazing and diverse creative people of the mountains for the last 5 years. But Freedom's main creative outlet is illustration and screen printing. Creating detailed illustrations of the Australian Bush, Freedom screenprints her artworks onto various homewares made from Russian linen, and wearable art is formed. From aprons and skirts, to tea towels and market bags, Freedom's products are both durable and desirable! Taking her inspiration from the bushland of the Blue Mountains, Freedom felt it would be fitting to do our first collaborative shoot among the trees. So we took a bushwalk in Blackheath and what we saw, heard and created are pretty special. Take a look:

The song of birds in the trees, the smell of eucalypts after rain, and the light dancing through leaves as they sway in the breeze - all inspire Freedom as she creates her designs for her homewares line. Freedom initially creates detailed illustrations using ink on paper, and transfers these artworks onto Russian linen by screen printing by hand. With so much love and skill going into these products they sometimes feel too good to use - hence why many are framed on the wall, or sent overseas as gifts. 

It was truly energising to immerse ourselves in the bush before creating these photos for the Laughing Bird Studio website. We connected with the source, and created our images interacting with that original inspiration which felt 'just right'.