Laura Wood is a full-time jewelry artist living in Penland, North Carolina where she is a current resident artist at Penland School of Crafts. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Shift: Makers that Define, Expand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and the Lydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA) and as a 2015 SNAG Emerging Jewelry Artist at the annual Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and Design Expo (SOFA) in Chicago, Illinois.
Her work can be found in select galleries in the United States and in the permanent collections of the Gregg Museum of Art at North Carolina State University and The Racine Art Museum in Racine, Wisconsin. Publications include, 500 Paper Objects (Lark Crafts, 2013), Behind the Brooch (Shiffer Publishing, 2014), American Craft (2012), and Metalsmith (2014).
Laura was the founding voice of the annual ECU Symposium and is a co-founder of Jewelry Edition, a creative project aimed at facilitating the growth of jewelry artists. Laura was a recent speaker at the annual Yuma Arts Symposium 2016. She earned a BFA from the University of Georgia and an MFA in metal design from East Carolina University.
My passion for adornment is heavily influenced by a personal history with dance ethnology. The expression of creativity through use of my body made a transition to making sculptural forms for the body when I was introduced to the jewelry and metals language. My personal physicality shifted to the creation of sculptural forms that maintain lyrical elements these artistic outlets share. I select the human form as a means to highlight jewelry’s ability to empower and it is a collaboration with those who engage. My interest in choosing this dynamic canvas is to facilitate a mental and tactile transformation while pushing line into three dimensions. Carefully sourced materials and a considered color palette highlight chosen areas when worn. Exploration and the lineage of jewelry history also inspire me to challenge myself in the work while evolving alongside a world with new technology and processes.