About The Artist
Laura Tanzer • East Petersburg, PA
Clothing - Accessories • CUSTOM COMMISSIONS
I am a sustainability artisan and educator. I work with textiles and fibers, sculpting wearable art for the body & art objects for the home. I source vintage & dead stock natural fiber materials: cotton, silk, wool, hemp, & linen. I experiment with digital printing my art photographs on textiles, incorporating those prints in my wearables and home-art objects. Everything is used, leaving little waste. Remnants are donated to K-12 schools for students to have a new tactile source to make art.
Q&A with the Artist
Tell us how your work is made.
Using natural fiber textiles, I sculpt one-of-a-kind wearables from remnants. Each remnant is edge finished prior to sculpting. My mannequin is the form on which the sculpting occurs. I always begin with the 'hanger' - the shoulder line - from which a wearable will hang. Unless making skirt or pant! The remnants fit and flow piece by piece until the form is finished. Often ribbons, buttons, frogs, embroidery, or other embellishments will complete the process.