2021 Laura Center

Artist Statement

I’ve applied a unique application of cotton cloth into pictorial form and sourced a child’s drawing for the subject matter. The artwork was drawn by Xavier, age 4, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m fascinated with the fresh and spontaneous images that are created by children – always reminding me of our own innate joyful nature.

For the past 30+ years my subject matter has been children’s artwork, although I’ve been weaving since the early 1970s. Very recently my technique has changed from wool to cotton and now weave on a Navajo loom. Restoring Navajo weavings has been my occupation for the past 40+ years. I’ve become an authority on these cultural treasures and am grateful for the deep dive into the efficient techniques. I respect the honor and high regard that the Navajo clan cultures, and now the world, have towards their long standing weaving history.

“Lady Bug and My Two Yellow Socks” 2020, 18″ x 16″
Woven on a Navajo loom using a continuous cotton warp,
cotton cloth for the weft and cotton cloth for side & end cords.

Laura’s work was included in the exhibition, Stories of Nature, which is on view May 1, 2021 to July 31, 2021. Visit Chattahoochee Handweavers Guild, Hudges Center for Art and Learning, 6400 Sugarloaf Pkwy. Building 300, Duluth, GA 30097 to schedule or inquire about the exhibition.