This week we are featuring Laura Fisher of PrayerMonkey! Laura makes stunning crochet wire jewelry and sculptures and goes to lots of awesome craft shows!
“My name is Laura and I live and craft in Richmond, VA with my wonderful husband John.
One dark Halloween night, many years ago, a woman named Linda, who was in labor, refused to go to the hospital until all the candy had been passed out to the children. Eighteen minutes before midnight, I was born. She named me Laura because she hoped that I would be tall and graceful. Her predictions were half-realized.
My mom was the first of the strong-willed, enterprising women that I have had in my life. I learned to cook, sew, crochet, and do my own laundry at a very early age. I still remember (cringing) the fabulous “rug” I crocheted for my second grade teacher.
Fast Forward to many years and projects later, my friends started calling me the “Grunge Martha Stewart.”. I cooked and crafted before it was really cool to do both.
Throughout the years my crochet creations were sold at some great Richmond boutiques and I even have been featured in fashion shows and in print.
Now I am a horticulturist by trade, although a bad knee injury last summer sort of totally stopped that profession in it’s track and I started scrambling to figure out what to do for a living. A friend suggested crocheting wire jewelry and I started to research it. I got it into my head that I wanted to crochet wire but didn’t want it to look like anything I had seen before. I didn’t want to do the jumbled sort of jewelry I was finding as examples-I wanted to be more precise.
Today, I’m pretty happy with what I create even though I am my own worst critic. I love making my jewelry and I love experimenting, including my new EPOX jewelry that came from having leftover epoxy after doing our kitchen counter.”