Laura Kishimoto is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design. She creates sculptural furniture best characterized by its spatial complexity and curiously organic form. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the Denver Art Museum in Colorado and the Mint Museum in North Carolina.
Laura's Upcoming Workshops
Students have experience working with stationary machines and power tools and are familiar with basic principles of joinery and 3-D design.
Students have some formal training in 3-D design, experience with a variety of materials and fabrication processes, and know how to use machine and hand tools competently and safely. Students have a portfolio of their artwork.
Students have advanced skill and knowledge of furniture design. Students are highly motivated and have multiple portfolios of their artwork.
Jun 28 - Jul 9, 2021
Bent Lamination in Seating
Bent lamination represents a dramatic departure from most traditional fine woodworking. Rather than working within rectilinear geometry, you lean into the materiality of the wood and explore its natural strengths through curvature. Reference face is often non-existent, so cutting joinery requires some creative thinking and novel use of machinery and hand tools. Through sketching, model making and test pieces students rigorously develop a seating design unique to your personal style. The course culminates in building a full-scale, functional prototype that takes full advantage of bent lamination techniques both aesthetically and structurally.