Laurel Burch

On a beautiful evening of 30th Dec, I was with a lovely bunch of friends on the fabulous streets of Key West-Florida, we were rustling our way through the crowd of people and number of shops on the street and there I saw a cloud of most beautiful collection of colors looking at me through a shop window. When I took a closer look, it was actually a hand bag with a beautiful whimsical cat on it.

When I went inside the shop, I saw a lot of handbags, with similar pictures, all of the same artist. I instantly bought it. Its like my souvenir of Key West. And then inside it I found a card stating the artist name - Laurel Burch and a little information about her.
I googled her and saw her work and absolutely loved it. After that I saw her products all over and could identify them, just by looking at them.
Her paintings, the color scheme its all like a happy party. I will try and make some work inspired by her. Also today I searched her on you tube and came across these videos, which made me kind of sad, and also made me appreciate her spirit.


glorv1 said...

Dida, what a great post. I really enjoyed watching those two videos. I think this woman is awesome that despite all the pain she is always in, she does what she loves best. Thanks so much for sharing this, I won't forget about her. I love the purse and I'm glad you got something that she designed. I think I will go to her blog and see how I can order something of her work. Thanks amiga.

YayaOrchid said...

Wow! She was quite a feisty lady. I love her art too! The explosion of color is utter joy! I'm so glad you found those videos and shared.

glorv1 said...

Dida I looked her up and am sad to say she did pass away in 2007.:(

Laurel Burch (December 31, 1945 – September 13, 2007) was an American artist, designer and businesswoman.

As a 20-year-old single mother she found metal in junkyards to hammer into jewelry to support her two children, and went on to launch her business, now called Laurel Burch Artworks, in the late 1960s with the help of a small staff that worked out of her house. She began making paintings and was commissioned by restaurants, businesses and private collectors. "I found metal in a junkyard and hammered it out on the back of an old frying pan", she stated during an interview with the Marin Independent Journal in 2005.

Burch designed, among other things, beads, jewelry, paintings, T-shirts, scarves, coffee mugs and tote bags, but 90% of her designs derived from her original paintings.

She died on September 13, 2007, aged 61, at her home in Novato, California from complications of osteopetrosis, a painful bone disease she had her entire life, suffering more than 100 bone fractures as a result. In addition to her third husband, Rick Sara, she is survived by a daughter, a son, and two granddaughters.

This was from Wikpedia. How sad, Huh? Sorry dear amiga.

glorv1 said...

Just stopped by to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I'm not sure if you celebrate it, but none the less, have a great and careful day. gloria

glorv1 said...

Dida, please stop by my blog and pick up the Honest Scrap award because you are so honest.:D