This is an upcycled dark wood tea trolley. The piece has been sanded down, and painted in a pale green/blue flat matt paint. A wax and varnish has also been applied to protect the paint work.
This is a unique piece of furniture as it has been hand painted and designed by Laura Eleanor.
Artist’s Note: For this piece of furniture I took inspiration from traditional folk art paintings. The centrepiece is a variation of the traditional ‘rosemaling’ design found in Norwegian folk art. As I started painting this piece, daffodils were blooming all around, so the daffodil takes centre stage here.
Caring for your table: Use a coaster for your hot drinks!
I first started become interested in folk art after watching the film ‘Maudie’. It is a biopic about the late Canadian folk artist Maud Lewis. I was inspired and touched by her unrelenting drive to paint the landscapes that surrounded her and to bring colour and joy into her small home. She actually painted everything she could get her hands on!
The ‘naive’ look of folk art is deceiving, to the layman observer it looks like pretty, floral patterns, but there is a deep cultural history surrounding designs. Particularly prevalent in Scandinavian and Eastern European countries, it was a way for the people to bring colour and vibrancy into their homes. Each flower has a different meaning, as does the way each culture paints it. I am lucky enough to live in the Kent countryside where we are surrounded by wildflowers and country gardens, I take inspiration from these blooms and bring them to life on furniture.
Each piece of furniture is priced by the materials and time taken to produce the work.