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Conversations with Laura Wood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Wood.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I began my creative journey in dance and performative arts. In college, I was introduced to the art department and soon after found the jewelry and metals department at the University of Georgia. Upon reflection, I realize that achieving creative expression in collaboration with the body is the thread that links my early creativity to the present.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
I have not had any formal business training. I have gained knowledge along the way by working for other small businesses and a lot of self-directed research. This has been a big challenge along the way because in the beginning I probably could have made better business decisions but I have learned a lot from early mistakes. I think a big part of being a full-time artist is understanding that a lot of your time is going to be spent doing important work outside of the studio.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am a contemporary jewelry artist. I make sculptural jewelry from sheet metal and embellish these forms with powder coat and enamel. My work is large in scale and thoughtfully engineered for comfort and wearability. The LWS Collection is my longest-running body of work and has been exhibited nationally and internationally in galleries and exhibitions and in craft expositions such at the Smithsonian Craft Show in Washington, DC. The Double Lace Earring is a signature design in the collection – a bold statement earring made to follow the lines of the face while tilting out slightly for a flattering look. This body of work is available in many vibrant colors ranging from bright white to neon orange. What I love most about making jewelry is that I get to contribute to facilitating self-expression for others. My clients often tell me how empowered my work makes them feel and this will always be the best reward.

We’d love to hear about how you think about risk taking?
I am most definitely a risk-taker. One could say the act of pursuing a career in the arts is risk enough. Aside from that, I take risks on a regular basis in the development of my work. My jewelry is not based on following current trends and I do not subscribe to the belief that I should be participating in a seasonal “line”. I consider myself to be an independent maker and designer working at a sustainable pace that is in line with my personal ethics and values. I make designs in multiples but it is by no means production by industry standards. When I am compelled to make a new design, I am in pursuit of an artistic vision rather than getting caught up in how others might react. I have made pieces that have taken time to cultivate an audience and that is ok with me because I am in this for the long haul. There have been many times that I have put myself “out there” by participating in a new exhibition or launching a new collection of work. Even when things don’t go as planned, I am usually happy that I took the risk.

Pricing:

  • Double Lace Earrings, 220
  • Lace Collar, 1800
  • Lace Fringe Earrings, 375-490
  • Rings, 250-350
  • Small Lace Studs, 98

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Image Credits
Lucy Plato Clark, Brady Connelly

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