Laura Hughes creates unique, whimsical, one of a kind needlepoint pieces drawing from her photographs, and borrowing from a variety of pop culture influences including pop art and sixties psychedelia. These daringly innovative compositions exude an energy not often associated with needlepoint.
Laura first began to needlepoint when she was a small girl living in Ohio. She loved to create handmade things and loved the serenity needlepoint evoked. Years passed. In the Bohemian spirit, Laura moved to The Village and forged her way as an artist, using Polaroid film and digital video to produce dreamy, surreal photographs.
Laura's work appeared in numerous exhibitions at home and abroad.
She has been profiled in both Polaroid and Eyemazing Magazine, and
her photographs are part of international collections including the Polaroid Collection, and SONS (Shoes or No Shoes?), a museum based outside of Antwerp, Belgium.
Although she enjoyed success as a photographer, Laura felt disconnected from the hands-on process of making art. She longed for more control and involvement. Looking to take her work in a new direction, she revisited the hobby of her childhood.
After years of living without needlepoint, Laura picked it up again with a newfound passion and purpose. Her canvases feature a storied cast of playful characters creating a fantastical world, and presenting this traditional craft into a contemporary context.