Laura Weiler is an analog collagist living and creating in Oregon, by way of Chicago and Michigan. Working primarily with antique newsprint, cardstock, vintage magazines, books, and digitally sourced photography, Laura combines her love of paper ephemera and narrative design to create dynamic and unexpected images. Characters cut from the past are recontextualized into vibrant environments exploring human relationships, psychology, and dimension.
With a degree in Art Direction and Cinematography from Columbia College Chicago, Laura brings a strong sense of composition and drama to her collages. Her background in photography, floral design, film, and mixed media is synthesized into texture, line, color, form, and placement. These attributes have continued to coalesce as Laura has engaged with social media as a platform for experimentation and visual conversation.
Laura has shown her collage work regionally and internationally and is part of the permanent collection at The Scandanavian Collage Museum. Floral design clients include Oprah Winfrey, Harpo Studios, and Polo Ralph Lauren. Laura has art directed films screened at Chicago’s 43rd International Film Festival, Best Of at Columbia College Chicago, and several commercials and independent films. She has been published in multiple print and online publications around the world and has worked in mural and album design, as well as a number of other collaborative projects.
In January 2021 Laura founded the Pacific Northwest Collage Collective with friend, educator and fellow Oregon collagist Kellette Elliott. The PNWCC hosts regional and international open calls, public and private exhibitions and works closely with collaborators.
A lifelong maker working for decades to hone and foster creative energies through her hands into the world, Laura continues to enjoy finding the flow within her artistic orbit through the evolution of her work.