Lola and Laura woodblock

Artist in Residence 2017-18

Lola Lely and Laura Anderson are the William Morris Gallery's artists in residence for 2018.

Lely and Anderson – who share a studio at nearby Blackhorse Workshop – see their joint residency as an unique opportunity to bring together their respective skills in design, textiles, woodcarving, drawing and modelling in new ways.

Engaging with the public through demonstrations and workshops, Lola and Laura envision a celebration of Morris's work and influence but with a contemporary and local focus.

"Using the extensive archive collection of woodblocks, tapestries, textiles, stained glass and wallpapers as a starting point, we will experiment with different ways of using traditional processes – including carving, painting, casting and glasswork – to create a new set of handmade Morris-inspired designs in colours and objects which reflect something of the vibrant community of Walthamstow today."

About the artists

Lola Lely is a multi-disciplinary designer/maker with a particular interest in using plants and other natural materials to create dyes, pigments and paints for application in contemporary techniques and processes.

Laura Anderson is a sculptor and professional woodcarver who has recently graduated from the City & Guilds of London Art School with a diploma in historic woodcarving and gilding.