My name is Laura Davis and I’ve been a fiber nerd ever since my grandmother taught me to crochet and embroider at age 8. I love all kinds of textile arts, including crochet & knit, sewing, embroidery, weaving, spinning, dyeing and botanical printing. I always say I’m working backward toward owning my own farm with fiber animals and dye plants. I started by learning to work with fabric and yarn and how to dye them, then I learned to spin and weave to make my own fabric and yarn. A couple of years ago, I learned to process fleece from sheep or alpacas, which is what happens between shearing and spinning or dyeing. Next, I plan to learn to shear!
I’m a fourth generation Californian. I grew up in the Bay Area and have lived in Los Angeles for the past 22 years. I love our richly blended culture with food, language, and fiber arts traditions from so many sources. I’m also in love with (and continually amazed by) California’s natural beauty and bounty of materials to use in dyeing, printing, and other arts and crafts. I spend a lot of time exploring and discovering, collecting, and experimenting with found materials in textile arts. My family knows that when we’re on a road trip, they can expect me to spot something interesting on the roadside and demand to stop so I can check it out and collect samples. This often happens while I’m hanging halfway out the car window, gesturing wildly, and shouting things like, “STOP! I need that mud!”
I’ve been working with natural dyes for 20 years, now, though my descent into dye obsession actually began a decade earlier with tie dye. I began teaching dye classes through Griffin Dyeworks in 2015, and still teach several natural dye classes a year for them. I also teach ice dye, tie dye, and other fiber arts classes for adults, teens, and children.