Hello. I'm Laura.
I work with my hands. I make beautiful one of a kind dresses, jewelry, accessories, and art and if you happen to be at my home, great food. For as long as I can remember I've loved playing dress up, getting my hands dirty, and singing when I think no one is listening. I've bounced around the globe a bunch of times although I'm really a homebody at heart. Though I can play the extrovert when neccessary, I'm very much an introvert, and there's little I love more than a small gathering with a few close friends or quietly working away in my studio. I surprise people sometimes, for example, I am a roller derby skater for Cork City Firebirds, I love Mathematics, I quit my job and moved to Ireland for love, and i'm very handy with a drill. I love being creative and believe EVERYONE is creative in their own way (yes, even you are no exception!). I created this space on the internet to share some of my work and process and I hope it inspires you to do the same!
Some more of my background for those who are curious:
My home country is the USA (Midwesterner by birth, East-coaster by affinity). However, I’ve spent more than half of my life outside of it (Switzerland, Russia, UK). I currently live in Cork, Ireland with Bubs (my love), a sucker fish named Dude Nosferatu, and my plants. My family and good friends are spread out all over the place, which is easily the most annoying thing about life as a global nomad. On the other hand, having friends almost anywhere you go is a great thing.
I have a Bachelor of Science in Fashion Design from Drexel University. I completed a private study in Painting (not quite a minor, but it was very important to me). I also did a semester abroad at the London College of Fashion. As well as a 6 month internship in Moscow in the top luxury department store. I’ve worn many different hats in a number of different jobs (trend forecasting, technical design, sales associate, buying assistant, liasing with licensees, design assisting in men’s, women’s, and children’s wear, fabric sourcing, and market research, oh and I also did a short and nightmarish stint in domestic knitwear production). Overall, I learned a ton from some amazingly talented people and I was very fortunate to have the experiences that I did.
At the same time, the core of me knew quite quickly that this was really not exactly the career I wanted (being a bit too removed from all the hands-on creative stuff that I live for); and then (thank you universe!) Love came along and smacked me over the head and said Move To Ireland. So, after two weeks of nagging doubt and indecision, I said "oh hell with it!", and I quit NYC, packed up my stuff, and did it.
And since then here are some of the things I’ve done (not in chronological order, see above re: creative chaos/multiple passions): 5 wedding dresses, custom made origami bouquets (mostly for weddings), wildly original and cool leather headbands, crocheted headbands, paintings and drawings, hand cut and tooled silver jewelry, grew an unruly edible container garden on our balcony after a short and lovely spell of WWOOFing in the Irish countryside, upcycled dresses with beautiful crocheted trims, warrior women fashion, macramé bodices, entered a little black dress competition, got married twice (same man, long story), helped my sister give birth to a beautiful boy, traveled to Istanbul, Barcelona, London, Munich, Salzberg, and Paris, sold at craft markets, not to mention a whole lot of learning a ton more about myself…. It’s all an adventure and I feel so fortunate that I have the opportunity to pursue all this. Let’s see where it goes shall we?