Laura Morrison, primarily a fiber artist, combines traditional fiber art techniques such as felting, embroidery, crochet and knitting to create her artwork. Rich in color and texture, the work is so tempting to the viewer that Morrison often finds people subversively "petting" her sculptures and wall hangings. Morrison muses, "My art tends to take on a life of its own. By touching the artwork, something that is often forbidden in the art world, people become more intimate with the work and connect on a deeper level."
Growing up in the suburbs of Chicago, Laura Morrison learned how to sew from her mother, an accomplished seamstress who created beautiful clothes for her two daughters. "Sewing with my mother and playing with the materials in the sewing room was a large part of my childhood and filled with special memories."
She attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she studied graphic design. After graduation, Morrison worked as a designer in Chicago. During that time, she became fascinated with the needle arts and worked on embroidery projects during her train commute into the city. Her move to New Hampshire was the catalyst that changed her life. It was then that she decided to concentrate her creative energy more fully on her art. “Moving to New Hampshire opened my eyes to the beauty of nature with its wild, open spaces. Here, I can truly breathe deeply and be the artist and person I want to be. My surroundings directly influence my art.” She began with creating collages and assemblages, often incorporating fiber into the work. Over time, fiber has become the primary focus of her work.
Morrison exhibits her work in galleries throughout New England. Her public art commissions were awarded through The NH State Council on the Arts Percent for Art Program and are installed at the New Hampshire Technical Institute's Dental Building in Concord, NH and at the Merrimack Courthouse in Merrimack, NH.