Laura Edmunds

Laura EdmundsLecturer in Textile Design


Specialist Subject Areas

• Drawing - fashion illustration and surface pattern design

• Reactive, acid, disperse and natural dye

• Textile design for fashion and fashion object

• CAD digital design for textiles - Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign

• Digital textile printing and hand screen printed methods

• Flax cultivation and processing for linen production

• Saori loom weaving

• Laser cutting, 3D printing for textiles and fabric manipulation

• Pattern cutting and fashion product development

• Sustainability in textile design

• Hand and digital embroidery

• Semiotics of dress; loss, death and memory in textiles; textile material culture


2015 PGCE Post-Compulsory Education in Training (distinction) - Cardiff University, Cardiff

2014 MA Applied Design and Art -Textiles (distinction) - Curtin University, Western Australia

2014 BA (Hons) Surface Pattern Design (2:1) - Swansea College of Art

2008 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design (distinction) - University of Wales Institute, Cardiff


Laura graduated in 2011 with a BA in Surface Pattern Design from Swansea College of Art. Shortly after, she was the recipient of the Jane Phillips Award from Mission Gallery, Swansea. Laura then moved to Western Australia to complete her Masters degree exploring materiality, memory and loss in drawing and textiles whilst working at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art.

Upon returning to the UK, Laura completed a PGCE teaching qualification and established her studio practice where she has exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving selected funding and awards from Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England and the Gane Trust whilst completing large-scale commissions for clients such as Persimmon Homes and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board. Laura previously taught at Plymouth College of Art and Bristol School of Art and has been teaching since 2016.

Laura is a multi-disciplinary designer based in Cardiff. Working with textiles and drawing, Laura explores fragments, traces and the circularity of nature. Finding beauty in what is overlooked, she is fascinated by things that disappear. She prioritises hand-drawing and digital manipulation to create her designs for fashion textiles.

Referencing the circularity of natural life, Shōkō is the studio label that Laura Edmunds works from, meaning lull, quiet, rest. The stories embedded within cloth and clothing is a key focus of her studio practice - believing it is a privilege to share your life with fabric as it absorbs personal moments and histories.

Current research

Laura’s current studio practice is an amalgamation of research into the semiotics of cloth, death and memory, with hand-drawn design for fashion textile print under the label Shōkō.

Principal Publications, Exhibitions and Awards

Public Art Commissions

  • 2021 - The Grange University Hospital Mortuary Commission, Studio Response and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, Wales

  • 2019 - St Edeyrn’s Village public art brief, Studio Response and Persimmon Homes, Wales


  • 2019 - Wales in Venice Invigilation Grant, Wales in Venice, Wales, UK

  • 2018 - International Opportunities Fund, Wales Arts International, Wales, UK

  • 2018 - Visual Arts Production Grant, Arts Council of Wales, Wales, UK

  • 2018 - Travel Grant, The Gane Trust, Bristol, UK

  • 2017 - Grant for the Arts, Arts Council England, UK

  • 2017 - Plymouth Platform Award, Visual Art Plymouth, Plymouth, UK

  • 2016 - International Opportunities Fund, Wales Arts International, UK

  • 2012 - Drawing Prize, Welsh Artist of the Year, Cardiff, UK

  • 2011 - Jane Phillips Award, Mission Gallery, Swansea, UK


  • 2021 - TIME, No Format Gallery, London UK

  • 2021 - Jane Phillips Award, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales

  • 2019 - I grow your bones, Oriel Blodau Bach, Wales (solo)

  • 2019 - Invisible Realm of Possibility, FIAP, Paris, France

  • 2018 - mouth, Oriel Mwldan, Ceredigion, Wales (solo)

  • 2018 - A Soft Introduction, Paper Mountain, Perth, Australia (solo, tour)

  • 2018 - Summer, TEN Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

  • 2018 - The Embodied Experience of Drawing Symposium, Plymouth College of Art, Plymouth, UK

  • 2018 - Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Artists, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, UK

  • 2017 - Winter, TEN Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

  • 2017 - A Soft Introduction, Ocean Studios, Plymouth, UK (solo)

  • 2018 - Roger Cecil + 4 Contemporary Artists, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, UK

  • 2017 - Peep Show, KARST, Plymouth, UK

  • 2017 - Summer, TEN Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

  • 2017 - Liminal Structures, TEN Gallery, Cardiff, Wales

  • 2016 - City Stories, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales

  • 2016 - Work on Paper, Exeter Phoenix Café Bar Gallery, Exeter, UK (solo)

  • 2016 - Counter, Plymouth University, Plymouth, UK

  • 2016 - Entroducing, KARST, Plymouth, UK

  • 2015 - “The sun, the moon, the pink, the gold – for me”, ARCADECardiff, Cardiff, UK (solo)

  • 2015 - P A U S E, House Gallery, London, UK

  • 2014 - Cardiff Open, The Old Blockbuster, Cardiff, Wales

  • 2014 - Stay/Keep, Paper Mountain, Perth, Australia

  • 2014 - SoDA Show, Curtin University, Perth, Australia

  • 2014 - 25 Under 25, Moore’s Building Contemporary Art Gallery, Fremantle, Australia

  • 2013 - Silent, Tangent Gallery, Perth, Australia

  • 2012 - Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod, Llandough, UK

  • 2012 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David’s Hall, Cardiff, Wales

  • 2011 - In Focus, Mission Gallery, Swansea, Wales


  • Edmunds, Laura (2022) The Striped Dressing Gown: The Role of Textiles in Aiding Mourning and Grief