In addition to bringing her current project JEWELRY edition, this year we are welcoming back ECU Symposium founder, Laura Wood, as our Capstone Lecturer.  She will also be leading a discussion panel called Crafting a Community!

Crafting a Community will be an inclusive and directed conversation  about developing a network capable of spurring creativity, innovation, and sustainability in your community. Laura Wood will be leading this discussion and has invited key professionals in her network to elaborate on how we as artists and entrepreneurs can foster productive and beneficial change for our economic future, career paths, and quality of life.


About Laura and her work:

“I choose jewelry to express my creative interests, and for many years, this has been a fascination with the body. I began my career in the arts studying dance. This led me to making adornment for the body, activating pleasure and enjoyment through wearing. Each piece is very much an effort in creating body-conscious work. Material exploration and the lineage of jewelry history also inspire me to challenge myself in the work while evolving alongside a world with new technology and processes. I strive to enhance the silhouette of the body and create work to be worn as a celebration of performance and adornment.”

headshot2Laura Wood is a full-time studio artist living in Asheville, North Carolina. Her business Laura Wood Studios is comprised of a jewelry facility with an interest in papermaking. Her work has been selected for many exhibitions throughout the United States, including The Contemporary Jewelry Show at the Penland Gallery (NC), Earrings Galore at Heidi Lowe Gallery (DE), Sparkle Plenty at Quirk Gallery (VA), Shift: Makers that DefineExpand, and Contradict the Field of Art Jewelry at the Grunwald Gallery (IN), and the Lydon Emerging Artist Exhibition (LEAP) at the Society for Contemporary Craft (PA). Her work has been internationally recognized in the Ozu Washi/Oji Paper Museum in Tokyo, Japan, and as a participating artist at the 2014 SIERRAD Jewelry Art Fair in Amsterdam.