Laura GaskinI paint with stitches. For inspiration, I need only look out my window. The Blue Ridge view fascinates me as...
Media: MetalI produce a variety of contemporary, functional items for the home and garden made from metal (mostly wrought iron), and sometimes mixed media. My scale ranges the whole gamut, from tiny hooks to large architectural installations. Large pieces are generally one-of-a-kind commissions for private clients, and smaller pieces are often the result of several years development of a particular theme.
While function is always important, line and form referencing an organic emergence of movement and time are the visual subjects of my work. This lends a natural connection to the historical periods of the early 1900's Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau, and later, Art Deco. Much like the work I produce, my workshop has an eclectic mix of historic blacksmithing tools and modern technology. I also enjoy teaching at John C. Campbell Folk School and often give presentations at blacksmithing conferences.