Laura Shapiro's Profile
I started working in wood in 1986 in Brooklyn, NY with a jigsaw and scraps from the local lumber yard. The painted animal cutouts I made sold in stores in NYC and they quickly evolved into functional objects like mirrors and boxes and eventually furniture. I have a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, but I learned basic woodworking techniques from watching cabinet makers who worked near my first work shop in Brooklyn. I moved to the Catskills in 1989 and I live on a 95 acre horse farm with my horses, dog and cat, surrounded by wildlife, natural beauty and peace and quiet, all of which helps fuel my work.
Working with wood has become second nature. I have a kind of fluency with the process, tools, materials and iconic language that exists in each piece. And the influences - ancient Egyptian art, African tribal art, medieval and craftsman furniture, and circus art - infuse…
- Joined April 19, 2011