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Constance Laing

Constance Laing offers an elegant & refined approach to classic surface finishes within the context of contemporary design. Specializing in paint, patina, surface gilding and verre eglomisé she brings 20+ years of freelance experience to residential and commercial projects.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Constance Laing offers an elegant and refined approach to classic surface finishes within the context of contemporary design. Specializing in paint, patina, surface gilding and verre eglomisé she brings 20 years of freelance experience to residential and commercial projects.

Constance Laing - gilding artist in her workshop

Constance received her fine art degree from the Emily Carr College of Art and Design in Vancouver. This was followed by continuing education in Illustration and Design at Sheridan College and subsequent employment in the book design industry.

The product of these experiences has provided the basis for expertise in elegantly organized artistic chaos. This renders surfaces with complex color harmony and textural nuance executed with restraint.

Experience as a set painter for the Canadian Opera Company and feature films has provided for a wealth of experience in preparing surfaces and the practice of “faux finishing.” 

In 1995, Constance studied patination under renowned American sculptor Ron Young. Through the application of chemical processes to metal surfaces, Constance has achieved a variety of dramatic signature finishes. 

As a member of the Society of Gilders, Constance has participated in restoration projects and workshops under the direction of master gilders Jill London, Marion Ellner, and Michael Kramer at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.

Constance Laing working in her gilding studio

Constance Laing, at work in her gilding art studio

Her collaboration on the 2006 the Marconi Monument restoration, a larger-than-life exterior sculpture refinished in 23k gold, was an example of the versatility achievable with gilded finishes.  Constance’s continues to explore the use of reverse gilded glass (Verre Eglomise) on furniture, cabinet faces and decorative wall panels.  The luminous quality of gold and silver leaf on glass draws light into a space.

Constance Laing offers custom finishing and refinishing services for architecture and furniture. 

Contact Constance

If you would like to arrange a tour of Constance Laing's incredible studio, purchase a piece of work, or request a custom commission piece, contact Constance directly through her website, by email, or by giving her a call.

constancelaing.com 
laing.constance@gmail.com 
416-528-4096

Gilded Delights from Constance Laing

The Uxbridge Studio Tour has a truly exceptional lineup of artists including (but not limited to) remarkable sculptors, painters, and woodworkers but did you know we also have a gilder?! Constance Laing is an artist who uses gold and silver leaf to create her unique works of art.

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