Laura Hunter
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Artist Statement & Biography
As an artist I am drawn to themes of repetition and evidence of change. I think it must have been the repetitive structure of textiles that lead me to Fiber Art 30 years ago. The Japanese bound-resist dying technique called shibori allowed me to create repetitive patterns and textures while leaving clues as to what was once there. Turning that dyed cloth into scarves and apparel was even more appealing as it allows a person to literally wrap themselves in those patterns and textures.
Creating and selling shibori textiles has been Laura's livelihood for over 20 years. Her pieces have been shown at Julie Artisans' Gallery in NYC, the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C., and across the United States in numerous galleries and boutiques.
Artist StatementAs an artist I am drawn to themes of repetition and evidence of change. I think it must have been the repetitive structure of textiles that lead me to Fiber Art 30 years ago. The Japanese bound-resist dying technique called shibori allowed me to create repetitive patterns and textures while leaving clues as to what was once there. Turning that dyed cloth into scarves and apparel was even more appealing as it allows a person to literally wrap themselves in those patterns and textures.
Artist BiographyCreating and selling shibori textiles has been Laura's livelihood for over 20 years. Her pieces have been shown at Julie Artisans' Gallery in NYC, the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, D.C., and across the United States in numerous galleries and boutiques.
Education
University of Washington|Graduated
What I Love Doing
When I'm not in my studio or asleep I can usually be found in my yard gardening, walking or jogging around the neighborhood, in the kitchen cooking, or at the dinner table with my family eating, drinking, conversing, and listening to music.
What I Find Beautiful
The micro and macro of the universe. Hiking beneath the volcanic mass of Mount Rainier with its icy cracked glaciers and hillsides of scree that look like dragon’s hide were it to exist. Shostakovich’s Prelude no. 4 and Beethoven’s String Quartet in C Sharp Minor literally make the hairs on my arms stand up.
My Favorite Memory
My family was on vacation at the Oregon Coast with friends and our two children were still quite young. I went running alone on the beach at sunset and had an "aha" moment. Just being somewhere on my own was exhilarating. The fact of the relentless waves creating sand brought me to the realization that art and beauty to me are about obsessive repetition.
My Favorite Art Style
In general I prefer simple, fairly minimal styles of art. Agnes Martin comes to mind for painting. I prefer a Beethoven string quartet to a symphony. Recently I read a beautiful, spare book called My Name is Lucy Barton which was structured as much on what was left out as what was written.
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