I have been tinkering with all aspects of art from a very early age, starting with painting classes from the local YWCA. I continued with a BFA in painting from the University of Georgia, a summer study abroad in Cortona, Italy, jobs with art museums and galleries, aided artists’ careers as an independent art curator and even assisted in the development of a museum grade exhibition for Nike and Fujifilm. Subsequently, Bionda-Bruna, a design and import company focusing on hand-painted Italian ceramics was born. This passion fueled yet another, my love for Italy. In 2005, I decided to embark on the adventure of my life and set off to experience a whole new culture. I now live among the olive trees in a classic Tuscan stone farmhouse where I continue to design product for a variety of customers.
Surface & Product Designer
Over the past 20 years, I have built a reputation for creating high quality, design oriented accessories for the home. Thanks to collaborations with my manufacturing partners, stylish yet functional, the Laura Fair licensed brand of distinct products ranging from all kinds of dinnerware to decorative home accessories and artful gift items can be seen in retail stores across the United States including Target, Anthropologie, Neiman Marcus, Kohl’s, Macy’s and small specialty boutiques.
In 2016 having had my designs produced on an array of product over the years, including screen printed on fabric, I yearned to learn how to silkscreen print by hand for myself. I searched for the perfect solution and found SRISA where I continued my education in a studio in Florence, Italy and became a master textile printer. The first collection of Laura Fair Hand-printed Stories debuted at the prestigious and juried Artigianato e Palazzo exhibition in Florence, Italy in 2018.
After my initial silkscreen printing studies, I began assisting and teaching international university level studies abroad students at Laboratorio Firenze in Florence this incredibly addictive method of reproducing designs. Most recently, I was challenged to develop and implement a remote learning serigraphy/silkscreen printing curriculum so that existing students who had returned to their homes would be able to complete the Spring 2020 semester online without the use of the specialized studio due to Covid-19.