Monday, February 22, 2010

Our Featured PFATT Member is............

(Just click on the Banner above to go visit her blog)

Laurie Hardin of Monkey Cats Studio!!!

Laurie Redfern Hardin attended the University of Nebraska-Kearney, receiving both a BFA and MA in the visual arts. Laurie taught in the art department at UNK for 11 years as an adjunct faculty member teaching design, drawing and art appreciation courses. Laurie later worked for the University at the Museum of Nebraska Art, serving both as the assistant curator and curator.

In 2005, Laurie returned to the studio to work fulltime at establishing her own art business, initially focusing on landscape and still-life painting. In the fall of 2006, Laurie expanded her repertoire to include holiday inspired handmade papier mache sculpted figures. Intrigued by the look and texture of papier mache, Laurie worked at developing a line of figures, plaques and containers that could be discerned stylistically as "hers," which led to her one of a kind designs in 2007. In the spring of 2008, Laurie discovered the internet blog world, established a blog, became a member of PFATT and was invited to sell her work on the SpookyTime Jingles internet marketplace.

Laurie's adorable paper mache creations stand out with her signature look of those big grins and soulful eyes. The detail in each and every one of her creations is absolutely amazing. Each one of them is a true One-of-a-kind creation.

Pictured above is the adorable creation that Laurie made for The Penny Feather Tree Auction that just ended on Ebay. All preceeds went to The Leukemia & Lymphoma, Inc_Alabama Chapter.

One of Laurie's favorite holidays is Halloween and this little cast of characters can't help but bring a smile to anyone's face! Laurie was also very honored to be one of the Halloween artists invited to do the Halloween & Vine Show in Petaluma, CA this past September. Below is a picture of Laurie with Scott Smith of Rucus Studios in front of her table full of characters.

This year, Laurie will be showing at Ghoultide Gathering in Northville, MI. (You can view Scott's Slideshow from last year's Ghoultide Gathering on the sidebar to the right.)

If you are a lover of won't want to miss this most prestigeous of shows featuring some of the top Halloween artists in the country! Make sure you stop by Laurie's table and tell her Hello! She would love to meet you!

You can read more about Laurie and her amazing journey by reading the article that the Kearney Hub did on her this past Halloween by CLICKING HERE.


  1. Wow, what a surprise and nice honor. The PFATT house is just the best place to be surrounded by all of your love and talent!!
    Thank you for the feature!!!

  2. You are quite welcome Laurie. We're so proud and honored to have you as a member. Can't wait to meet you in person this year at GG!

  3. I remember the first time I saw Laurie's was long before PFATT or Halloween and Vine and I knew then she was unique and special. I remember writing to her as an adoring fan and her responding with such a gracious and thoughtful thank you...a real class act our Laurie! Just like I was in awe of meeting all my favorite artists last year at Ghoultide I will be doubly excited to meet Laurie this year at Ghoultide. You truly know when an artist designs from their heart just look at Lauries work...each character is a labor of love! Pam

  4. Well Laurie, you know I've been a huge fan since we met in bloglandia.

    Your characters are all like you, one of a kind and very special. I am glad to know you and hope that someday soon we'll meet in real life. Cheers to you girl!

    Hugs, Lori

  5. are just too cute!!!!!!

  6. I'm such a fan of your wonderfully, whimsical work, Laurie! You are such a talented artist and sweet person!!!!


  7. Laurie,
    Your work is so incredible...full of whimsy and character. You are one talented lady.


  8. What an inspiring story, Laurie! Sounds like you have always had art and design on the mind, but your home-grown business has certainly blossomed in such a short amount of time! No surprise there of course as your papier mache folk art is delightful... Cheers to you! See you at Ghoultide :)

    ~ Johanna

  9. Wow, it's so neat to learn more about Laurie and her journey to where she is today! I love her characters, they make me smile. :~)

    Congratulations on your success and many happy wishes for the exciting year ahead ... I hope to meet you at Ghoultide in October!!!

    All the best,