LAURA VIADA is a handweaver and fiber artist who creates works of art in natural fibers – primarily, linen, silk, and wool. Her guiding philosophy is that humans have an intimate relationship with the objects that surround us – the things we see, wear, use, and share with friends and family -- and that the human spirit thrives when these things are beautiful and sensual. In addition to art pieces, such as wall hangings, window coverings, and room dividers, Laura creates textiles designed to add a touch of luxury and mindfulness to our daily routines. For Laura, a beautiful, handcrafted kitchen towel turns a daily chore into a ritual, a
handwoven bath towel adds a touch of luxury to daily grooming, and a handwoven napkin makes even the simplest meal into a special occaion.
Laura grew up in Houston, Texas. While taking a pause from demanding career in law, she learned to weave and fell in love with the world of fiber. For the past 20 years, Laura has been an active member of Houston’s art community. Her work has been exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards, and she spent 9 months in 2008 as an Artist-in-Residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. Laura lives in Houston and maintains a studio at the Art Square Studios complex near Downtown Houston. Her work can also be seen at Archway Gallery in Houston, Texas.