BFA Parsons The New School for Design, NYC. 1995. Sophomore year, Parsons Paris.
Laura is the founder of FashionIllustrationTribe.com, and online and onsite educationr resource and community for fashion design drawing, creative fashionillustration, model drawing, fashion portfolio development coaching, and technical drawing.
Author of the Language of Fashion Design available in 5languages, and co author of The Fashion Designer's Specification and Resource Book.
Craftsy.com course creator Designing Fashion Flats.
Laura has taught BFA pattermaking, draping and sewing (hand and machine) in Parsons BFA program for 5 years, and model drawing/ portfolio and Industry Design techniques for 15 years.
An illustrator, artisan, technical designer and design creative, she explores the ovelapping of cultures, traditions, and disciplines- music and dance are usually integrated into her work, with a special interest in the African diaspora and Brazilian decorative arts and culture.
She has worked in swimwear, leathers, mens womens, juniors, maternity and childrenswear in various studios over 20 years in NYC.Including the Childrens Place, Rocawear, Bebe, Chicos, all Target brands, CKjeans, the Limited, and more.
As a Full Time Faculty at Parsons Fashion, she developed their very first online course for Fashion Design and Illustration in 2008, which she still continues to teach today.
A Brazilian and Jazz vocalist and single mom business owner, she lives an active, diverse life based in CT.
BFA FAshion Design, Parsons School of Design, 1995
Faculty, Women and Music, Sacred Heart University, CT.
The Language of Fashion Design available in Russian, Spanish, French and Chinese.
The Fashion Designers Reference and Specification book.
Freedom Fashion online program.
Designing with Fashion Flats: Craftsy.com
Midsummer Night's Swing
Pizzeria Lauretano Jazz Series with Sambeleza and Studio Rio projects.
Battery Park Jazz Festival with Charanga.
S.O.Bs with Cuban Charanga
Boom, SOHO, Esperanto, Alphabet City- Brazilian jazz and Bossa nova weekly gig.
Band Together benefits at Fairfield Theater Co., featured vocalist
McDonalds GospelFest- Gospel Choir. 3d place.
Mambo Tuesdays at Bayamo with Cuban Charanga band Pasion.
Fashion Filter: featured panelist in an Ethical Fashion panel with Francisca Pineda
To Labor trained birth Doula
Early childhood music and movement certification
Active Latin, Brazilian and American jazz vocalist since 1992.
Languages: Spanish French and Brazilian Portuguese.
Africa Print Fashion and Brazilian fashion and artisan traditions
Crochet and beadwork artisan.
Patternmaking (Spring 2021)