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Get to know Laurel

Laurel always said, “I refuse to have anything in my life that I cannot turn around into something magical and beautiful.” Laurel began making jewelry in the Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco in the late 1960’s, selling her designs on the streets and in local galleries. Her unique jewelry was featured in Vogue Magazine in the 1970’s after the necklace she was wearing impressed an editor of the magazine. She had created it from found objects she hammered on the back of a frying pan. Laurel quickly became an internationally renowned artist and designer.  As a self-taught artist, she traveled around the world to work with local artists and learn their craft. Her first trip to China in the 1970’s was groundbreaking as she was...

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Woman Spirit

As we prepared for our celebration of International Women's Day, we uncovered a treasure trove of archives that drew us to the inspiration and love that gave rise to Laurel's set of works honoring women all around the world! The prose and poetry Laurel put behind each art theme is the breath of life and meaning behind the treasures we curate in our Laurel Burch Studios collections today. Throughout different periods of her career, she introduced various names for her art themes. And today we honor all Womankind through the symbols of love, hope, and inspiration found in one of her most brilliant themes: Womankind. It is in honor of sisters, mothers, daughters, elders, and friends that these paintings and designs emerged from my heart to paper. They...

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