Laurie Brown


Born in 1972 in New York, Laurie Brown lived most of her early life in Worthington, Ohio. She dreamed of being an artist from the time she could hold a crayon, and in 1994 received her B.F.A. from the Columbus College of Art and Design. Many years of adventures were soon to follow. In 2008, after a long-time business in decorating, Brown was compelled to create something new.

Her work is a painstakingly time-consuming process; large sheets of fine white paper are cut into strips of varying lengths and widths, individually hand-toned, rolled tightly, and secured with thread. Those individual spools of paper are then married together atop a fresh sheet of handmade paper, to create the finished composition. Each small spool is just a fraction of the whole, arranged to bring forth images which are sometimes subjective, at other times abstract. Within each completed piece there is a certain rhythm, designed to hold the gaze of it's audience. Brown experiments with hue, texture, and pattern, to move the viewer's eye through each work of art. Large pieces consume pounds of paper, several spools of thread, and hundreds of hours to complete.

The inspiration for Brown's work comes largely from people she has met and the places she has visited, but also from the Masters, such as Matisse, Picasso, and especially Seurat. Intrigued by his grand scenes comprised of thousands of specks of color, Brown has taken that idea forward, moving into three dimensions. Her images take on different appearances depending on the angle from which they are viewed. The varying depth of each spool of paper and the texture of fine thread only add to the visual interest. With each piece she creates, she strives to create an image that will capture your gaze from across a room, and beg you to draw nearer for a closer look.

Brown currently lives in Grants Pass, Oregon with her husband, children and two very devious cats.

To see more of her work, please visit her shop on ETSY at http://www.etsy.com/shop/LaurieBrownFineArt