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What is Laura Flook?
Laura Flook is a continuously evolving collection of clothing, accessories., three dimensional crafts, illustrative and written narratives. Laura Flook is also the personality upon which this collection was founded. Laura's work conveys a strong originality, blending her fresh perspectives of familiar themes in Victorian, Baroque, and other distant pasts. Laura's writing and 'artwork' (although she is reluctant to refer to it as such) are both ornate compositions of metaphysical expressionism, mortality, texture, sarcasm and satire.
A Stitch in Mind…
Laura extracts influence from all areas of humanity, during and after life.
Inspired by the works of Jan Švankmajer, Lewis Carroll, Mary Shelley, Ludwig Van Beethoven and the like, she incorporates a love of film, literature and music into each design. Inspiration drawn from Dr. Frederick Ruysch, memorial portraiture and children's clothes of the Victorian Era, she integrates an appreciation of the mortuary arts, antiquities and fashion into every artful creation.
Death is only the beginning.
With varied interests and curiosities, Laura's New York occupancy undertook a journey through several seemingly disconnected - yet ultimately relevant vocations. To pay the rent, reptiles were rescued, a t-shirt shop was tended to and there was a stint in beauty school, which seemed as good a place as any to be while a more proper and enduring inspiration struck that chord that said "This is it - this is what I was meant to be doing with my time on this planet!".
Embalming proved to be just that. Laura Flook graduated from New York City's McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in August of 1999. Funeral home employment would soon follow, as would an accidentally intermittent divergence into a modeling contract with Elite. It was death-care, however, in which Laura was convinced she had found her true calling. Embalming, Post-Mortem Cosmetology and Restorative Art was fascinating to her. She found the work to be scientifically creative, personally fulfilling, meaningful, artistic, and emotionally rewarding. Ultimately, due to personal circumstance and numerous bones of contention she managed to collect throughout the years, involving the business-side of funeral service, Laura made the choice to indefinitely leave the death-care industry in 2006.
One Needle Leads to Another
Never having been one to find complete satisfaction in the garments she purchased, whether for aesthetic or functional purposes, Laura had always found herself making some form of modification to her off the rack garments. A process of evolution was underway. Beginning with fabric glue and safety pins, Laura would alter and embellish clothing she would find at thrift stores. Later on, she acquired her first rudimentary sewing skills, as a result of suturing incisions of the dead, during her clinical embalming training at New York's infamous Bellevue Hospital-later to be perfected on the bodies she prepared at the funeral homes she worked at. Through further practice and the study of about forty books, each of a different concentration among many aspects of clothing construction, Laura found herself with a constantly expanding and improving set of skills, personalized techniques and boundless ideas.
With nothing more than scraps of muslin, scissors, pins, and a dress form, Laura Flook transforms her visions into three-dimensional art. Her designs incorporate historical interpretation, interesting silhouettes, texture, color and contrast. Add to that the use of quality fabrics, the finest trim, and distinctive notions, it was neither long nor uncommon before she was receiving the kind and volume of compliments that told her she was on to something special.
Since establishing her website in late 2010, Laura Flook continues to support The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (Formerly NARSAD).
At least 5% of each online sale is donated, with its entire sum directed towards NARSAD research grants, which aim to identify the causes, improve treatments and develop prevention strategies for serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, major depression and bipolar disorder.
To learn more about The Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, as well as NARSAD Grants, visit http://bbrfoundation.org
Bio, written by: Susan E. Williams ~ Los Angeles, CA
Top Photo: Sergio Royzen ~ New York, NY
2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th Photo: Laura Flook ~ New York, NY
3rd Photo: Elizabeth Waterman ~ New York, NY