In this episode of Art on the Island, Maureen Bader interviews multi-talented artist Laura Balducci. Laura has lived on the Island for nine years. She and her partner were looking for a large piece of property to rent and found the right place here on Cortes.
Laura recently completed a 365-day art challenge. She used a tarot card to determine a colour scheme and created eight works per page. You will be able to see the 365-day challenge in Laura’s solo show at the Old Schoolhouse Gallery, opening June 14 2019. Her artist talk is on the second Friday of her show, June 21, 2019.
Laura has been engaged in artistic activity all her life. Starting out as a hairdresser, she began at Suki’s. In the 1990’s she branched out into fashion and makeup.
Laura took some art classes at Emily Carr, primarily painting in acrylics. She also took different art workshops in media such as encaustic, and also an art doll workshop with Kate Church here on Cortes. The move to art dolls allowed her to use her hair, fashion and makeup skills all at once on a smaller scale.
She is a very versatile artist, exploring many creative possibilities. Laura is now mostly working with fibre and has started spinning her own wool, an activity growing in popularity here. She collects fibre locally, dyes it with mostly natural dyes, spins it and is currently knitting a bedspread.
Yoga is a new activity Laura has taken up and is looking to differentiate her offering by including nature and art. She will have more information in the summer so keep an eye out on Tideline for dates and times.
You can see Laura’s work at Laurabalducciart.com, and in the full range of social media options.