Erika Laureano was born in Hartford Connecticut. Growing up in New England she was surrounded by art and creativity. Her mother was an artist and painter. Being born into art, she enjoyed watching her mother paint on enormous canvases in her attic studio; this is where her fascination began. Remembering tubes of brightly colored paints, various brushes and tools all sparked her interest into the arts. She spent her childhood behind the scenes at her mother’s art and framing galleries, meeting interesting artists and learning about their stories.
Erika attended Virginia Commonwealth University and graduated with a BA in Fashion Design. Additional art focuses included: ceramics, painting and figurative drawing. After college Erika attended Lorenzo di Medici in Florence and the University per Staneri in Perugia Italy. There she studied language, art history, figurative drawing and painting. The abundance of 15thand 16thcentury art throughout Italy fueled her fascination with its rich colors, flowing lines, dramatic stories and presentations. She spent time in New York City working with various Men’s wear an women’s couture designers furthering her abilities and skills in the fashion design industry.
Erika’s metalsmithing technique learnings began and continue at Danaca Design in Seattle Wa. There she was able to learn basic metalsmith practice, the concept of jewelry design and a new vocabulary in the arts. She was also able to learn the more precise and creative techniques from some of the nations most renowned jewelry artist. Erika spent over nine years taking courses, gaining insight, and establishing relationships in the jewelry industry.
Erika has developed her own distinctive style of jewelry art through a process of invention derived from techniques taught and learned while in Seattle. She has established her name and business in a number of galleries, museum shops in Seattle and is expanding across country in similar venues.
She has held a position on the Seattle Metals Guild board and assist in various functions and exhibitions in Seattle. Her work can be found in 18 locations
Erika Laureano Design is a handcrafted jewelry line that concentrates on changing the surface and color of metal. She uses an array of patina and oxidation in combination to achieve a landscape or abstract story on the metal. Texture is achieved through various hammer methods and using the rolling mill with a variety of fabrics, ribbons and laces found in thrift stores. These processes combined with her unique, sophisticated designs, allow for a one of a kind, organic style of jewelry.
Erika Laureano has just opened her first retail location in the downtown area of North Bend, Wa. Customers can come see her latest’s jewelry designs as well as her large abstract mixed media oil paintings.