Laura Crawford's Profile

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My name is Laura Crawford. I’m a metalsmith, writer, and traveler. But what you really need to know is that it’s my bicycle that makes any of this possible.

In 2009, I sold everything to travel by bicycle. Goodbye furniture, goodbye dishes, goodbye book collection… Hello freedom, amazing stories, and portable studio. Yep, for three years, I adventured around the US and New Zealand with my amazing partner, a tiny wardrobe, some camping gear, and a small collection of my favorite hand tools. (So much for lightweight… I literally traveled with a bag of hammers!)

I learned how to work with metal way back in 2004, in the form of a night class at the local community college. I took this little bit of knowledge and ran with it, never regretting that I didn’t go whole-hog and get an art degree. I made jewelry and headbadges for years before we started traveling – but it w…

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  • Female
  • Born on June 30
  • Joined October 19, 2006

About

My name is Laura Crawford. I’m a metalsmith, writer, and traveler. But what you really need to know is that it’s my bicycle that makes any of this possible.

In 2009, I sold everything to travel by bicycle. Goodbye furniture, goodbye dishes, goodbye book collection… Hello freedom, amazing stories, and portable studio. Yep, for three years, I adventured around the US and New Zealand with my amazing partner, a tiny wardrobe, some camping gear, and a small collection of my favorite hand tools. (So much for lightweight… I literally traveled with a bag of hammers!)

I learned how to work with metal way back in 2004, in the form of a night class at the local community college. I took this little bit of knowledge and ran with it, never regretting that I didn’t go whole-hog and get an art degree. I made jewelry and headbadges for years before we started traveling – but it wasn’t until we took the pedal-powered plunge that I understood how I want to use metal to tell a story.

Metal may seem tough and rigid – but it’s also capable of bending and moving in unimaginable ways. It can embody these snapshot memories and forever tell your unforgettable stories. When I sit down at my workbench or in front of my sketchbook, I draw from our collective moments. Simplicity in design and form has become even more important to me – and I hold firm to the belief that it doesn’t take a showroom of complex tools to create something strong and beautiful and memorable.

I am no longer making jewelry or selling on Etsy. But I continue to build my headbadge business! Keep up with me at: http://www.tangerinetreehouse.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Tangerine.Treehouse

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