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Creative Use of Textiles: Laura Keating

A small abstract sculpture in a shadowbox frameHoundstooth No.2, mixed media

The work of Laura Keating is at times soft and ethereal, at times humorous, and at times dark and heavy. As a trained textile artist, she exhibits creative use of textiles in a way that showcases an artist who plays around with style and tries not to get tied down into one particular mode of working.


A small fabric sculpture in a shadowbox frameMiniature No.1, 3-D stitching, natural fibres


Laura Keating's online portfolio

I really adore Laura’s Miniatures series, where she has taken small shadowbox frames and created bizarre sculptures within their confines. The sculptures are somehow geometric, despite being quite fluid in form. Using various media, Laura has used this series to create work that look almost like medical specimens, all of them slightly different but collected in neatly uniform containers.


In her sketchbooks, Laura’s process is hinted at, with pages featuring explorations into technique, texture and medium. These explorations, as well as Laura’s beautiful bundles of hand-dyed yarn, are available for viewing in her online portfolio.


An abstract sculptural image collaged over an animal x-rayLeaf, mixed media, animal x-ray

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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