For award winning weaver and designer, Laura Fisher-Bonvallet, creating beautiful clothing is a passion. Her designs are
inspired by the use of textures and color combinations, which are applied in a unique blend of symmetry and balance. Her
contemporary handwovens evoke a new sophistication in the tailored realm. She wants her work to be functional and versatile
while maintaining a sense of luxury and style. The fabric is woven on a 60” floor loom using silk, cotton, and rayon, and then
transformed into garments by cutting, piecing, and sewing. She also hand-dyes textured silk for some designs, as well as
designs hand-dyed silk scarves that coordinates with the garments.
Her most recent work is inspired by recent travel to Italy. She informally studied the exquisite tailoring of the Milanese high end
designers. Laura has applied her findings by designing several fresh new silhouettes that are figure flattering, with clean lines,
and exceptional attention to detail in fit and finishing. One need only to pair a handwoven jacket or vest with a crisp white blouse
and jeans (and a great pair of shoes), to achieve that Italian flair! Wearing tailored black trousers or a skirt transforms this new
work into lovely career attire. Also included are swing styles for those who prefer a more relaxed fit. Rayon chenille weft woven on
a cotton and rayon ribbon warp executed in complex twill weave structures provide extraordinary drape in the new cloth. Each
design is finished with her signature silk dupioni binding.
Laura earned her B.A. from Carroll University, Waukesha, WI and has done graduate work at numerous colleges and universities.
Her work has been featured in galleries in San Francisco, Santa Fe, Portland, OR, Asheville, NC, Alexandria, VA, Seattle, and
many others cities. Her work can also be seen at juried fine Craft shows in cities such as Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis, and
Baltimore, Charlotte, NC, and Washington, DC. She has twice won the prestigious national Niche Award. Known as
Beauxchênes Fibre Arts, Laura’s studio is set on a secluded five-acre woodland located in Oneida, WI.