Laura Ann Beehler – Finding Inspiration in Her Backyard

Laura Ann Beehler, one of the invited artists for the ONE fundraiser to fight cancer,  has specialized in Art Cloth since the late 90’s.  Beehler’s award-winning fabrics have been featured on the cover of the ENT Textile Forum and seen in Shuttle Spindle & Dye Pot and Surface Design Journal. Her fabrics have been exhibited at the Robert Hillestad Textiles Gallery, Lincoln, Nebraska, Joan Mondale Gallery, Minneapolis, MN, The Knitting & Stitching Show, Birmingham, England, the International Quilt Festival in Houston, TX,  as well as Fairfield City Museum and Gallery, Smithfield Sydney, Australia and in numerous juried and invitational exhibits.

Her website features not only her artwork focused on art cloth, but also mixed-media collages.  She also maintains a lively and personal blog.

1.  Why are you participating in the ONE fundraiser for the American Cancer  Society?
Participating in ONE allows me to contribute to a very worthy cause in a  greater way than if I were just to donate funds.  My creativity is much greater than my funds are! I feel that the American Cancer Society is one of our cornerstones in finding ways to treat, manage and cure cancer.  I am  honored to have been invited to participate and be able to share my artwork with others while helping the ACS.

Sentry I, One of Laura’s collages for ONE, a fundraiser to fight cancer.  Available on February 16, 2011.

2.  What are you working on in the studio now?
I am trying to work on completing three pieces that will be in an exhibit at  Copper Shade Tree in Round Top, TX.  Of course there is always that “let me see what this does” which leads me off on another tangent of creativity!  I  have to remind myself that there is a “finishline” right around the corner  so get back on track.

3.  What has been the biggest surprise of your art career so far?
That is hard to say!  There have been so many big surprises for me but I  think probably the most rewarding was having a piece of my ArtCloth selected to appear on the cover of ETN Textile Forum.

4.  Where do you find inspiration?
The majority of my inspiration comes from my back yard.  We house Ornamental Pheasants, chickens, doves, a number of parrots and Lady Gouldian Finches all of which are beautifully colored. Then there is the plant-life offering another set of earthy tones.  Trying to imitate the colors in my artwork is a challenge!  When the backyard doesn’t motivate me I look at obscure words and their meanings.  This usually brings many images to mind which are then represented in fabric.

Under Pressure
132″ x 32″ (Currently on tour in Australia.)

5.  What advice do you have for artists who are seeking their unique voice or direction in their own artwork?
Do what is in your heart! Keep working even though your peers may find your work not to their tastes  – don’t let their comments influence your decisions.

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  1. Roberta Cowan Weadley #

    I am so blessed to have Laura in my life. She is wonderfully creative and has such a big heart! I am so very proud to be able to say she is my sister!

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    Wonderful interview with Laura. I’m fortunate to be able to see her work frequently since we live in the same city, and I’m even more fortunate to be able to call her a friend.

  3. 3

    So great to read about Laura … one of my favorite fiber artists! Thanks for this wonderful post.