What were the odds that the place we chose would be featuring paper art? Perfect... this next collage could be me caught in that happy moment - ha!
Using handmade paper sourced from art stores and found scraps, Laura captures simple moments in time.
A keen people watcher, she holds a memory in her mind until fingers and scissors translate it into cut paper form.
Each collage conveys body language and nuanced mannerisms. Laura says she especially enjoys recreating a person who is unaware that he/she has been observed.
I asked Laura how she became interested in paper art:
"I'm not a trained artist. I come from one of those artsy families; we made our own decorations for our Christmas tree every year and spent hours painting rocks on vacation. You know the type. When I was eleven I cut up my mother's Con Edison bill with her good sewing scissors while talking on the phone with a friend."
"It never occurred to me that I was an artist while I was attending college. I chose to be a Creative Writing major with journalistic ambitions. So now I call myself a 'self-taught' artist and am currently working with a business partner on developing a line of Tear It Up cards that's almost finished."
"Our first one is a Mother's Day card, as seen on my website."