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Hi I’m Laura, 

Have we met?

Hi I’m Laura, 

Have we met?

How I can

help you!

I teach students about the power and beauty of “women’s” work. 

Yes, that’s right: the POWER and BEAUTY of “women’s” work.

In the School of Storied Stitching, you will learn the skills of “improv” sewing–and about the extraordinary women holding the needles! Self-paced courses blend my fine art and women’s history training. 

And, you learn at your own pace, wherever, whenever you want!

Do you want to join an award-winning teacher, artist, and scholar, who has won over students at Penn State and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago? 

My Books

Curious about women’s roles in the shaping of history – through their hands?

A painter’s advice

A painter’s advice

While we continue to cope with COVID, this week, I quote a couple of letters from Vanessa Bell just before and during the Second World War (From Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell, ed. Regina Marler).   Bell the painter was the older sister of writer Virginia Woolf.  ...

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Writing, painting, staying sane

Writing, painting, staying sane

In mid-April, snow fell on Chicago. In spring, snow would upset me, along with the cold, the gray, The shut-in order changed much for me.  I now welcome the snow.  Conjuring that comforting safe place, I hark back to a sweet if hectic December: Driving like mad with...

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Original Shut-ins

Original Shut-ins

While reflecting upon “control" - being deprived of walking, of being in public, going into restaurants and bars alone or with others - it hit me that as a woman, these privileges granted to me quite recently, relative to human history. In Wanderlust: A History of...

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