Laura Jacquemond's Profile

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Welcome to Blue Terracotta!

I’m Laura, an American artist living and working in Lyon, France.

I was dazzled the very first time I spied a praying mantis in the grass.

Growing up on the east coast of the US, I spent lots of time playing in the woods as a kid, picking blackberries, running across black widow spiders, discovering discarded snake skins on tree branches, collecting colorful fall leaves and skimming down hills on my flexible flyer (no helmet!) in the winter. My first organized effort in wildlife conservation was joining together with the neighborhood girls to save caterpillars (by housing them in leaf-lined shoe boxes) from the neighborhood boys who were setting fire to them!

I remember being ecstatic about the environmental…

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  • Female
  • Born on October 5
  • Joined October 30, 2008

Favorite materials

terracotta, fabric, vintage lace, charms, found objects, wire, pigments, wax

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About

Welcome to Blue Terracotta!

I’m Laura, an American artist living and working in Lyon, France.

I was dazzled the very first time I spied a praying mantis in the grass.

Growing up on the east coast of the US, I spent lots of time playing in the woods as a kid, picking blackberries, running across black widow spiders, discovering discarded snake skins on tree branches, collecting colorful fall leaves and skimming down hills on my flexible flyer (no helmet!) in the winter. My first organized effort in wildlife conservation was joining together with the neighborhood girls to save caterpillars (by housing them in leaf-lined shoe boxes) from the neighborhood boys who were setting fire to them!

I remember being ecstatic about the environmental movement as a child, seeing the new photos of earth viewed from space taken by the crew of Apollo 8, and living the excitement of the first Earth Day in 1970. Disappointment followed when the movement stalled in the 80s, but today so many people are getting together to make changes and get our planet back in shape, it’s promising!

I studied art in the days when they told you at the start: 'You'll have to do something else to make money.' I've worked as a seamstress, a museum guide, and when I moved to France, I taught English as a foreign language part-time for a few years, all the while working on my art: ceramics, mosaics and sewing. With etsy as a way to reach lots of people who like art, I've been able to give up those other activities and concentrate on creating.

These days you’ll find me searching for sumptuous French and Italian upholstery fabric scraps and expired textile catalogs (which would otherwise be thrown away) at one of the many tapissiers here in town, and combining color, texture and details to create a menagerie of rare creatures.


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