Furniture Maker - Laura Petrovich-Cheney

Laura Petrovich-Cheney

"My life was forever changed after Hurricane Sandy devastated my home ... I learned how quickly home and community can be destroyed; yet, materials can remind us of times long gone."

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Laura's wood quilts and sculptures represent an assessment of contemporary issues merged with traditional folk art practices. Feminist in nature, much of Laura’s work incorporates traditional women’s arts such as needlework and quilting, which are transformed through found and re-purposed materials.

Laura Petrovich-Cheney lives in Boston, Massachusetts (USA) and holds exhibitions at various galleries.

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"ALTHOUGH I USE MATERIALS QUITE DIFFERENT FROM THOSE OF TRADITIONAL QUILTERS, OUR FINISHED WORK SHARES SIMILARITIES: AN OBJECT OF BEAUTY AND COMFORT THAT BEGAN AS DISCARDED SCRAPS MADE MEANINGFUL BY PIECING THEM TOGETHER INTO AN UN-CHAOTIC WHOLE.”

Sunshine and Shadow

Onezie

Originally: Discarded wood, often remnants from disasters

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Laura creates wooden quilts from debris she collected after Hurricane Sandy, the Gatlinburg Fires, and various other disasters. This includes two-by-fours, strips of molding and trim, bits and pieces of boards, kitchen cabinets, and dressers. Deeply embedded with meaning, these remnants are meant to remind us of place and time—home and neighborhood, before and after.

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Pathways

Visit lauracheney.com or @laurapetrovichcheney to learn more.