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Laura M McMillian

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Laura McMillian was born on a beach in the part of Florida that should be Alabama. As a young child she was introduced to the joys of sewing and fashion design by her mother who taught her how to sew and had an extensive collection of nylon track suits. As a college student Laura assembled a group of artists known as the Rural Fashionistas to produce large-scale fashion shows which garnered Laura her first gallery show at Bare Hands Gallery in Birmingham, Alabama. Soon after, Laura moved to New York. There she was educated in fashion sketching and patternmaking at Parson's School of Design, worked as a fashion assistant at Love Brigade where she ascertained the finer points of clothing manufacturing, and learned knit design and machine knitting working with Lars Andersson Knits and training at F.I.T. In May 2010 she collaborated with Brooklyn performance artist Narcissister, creating an installation, costume, and corresponding performance for BONZAI, a biannual exhibition held in Brooklyn, New York. She was also the costume designer for Narcissister's large-scale winter of 2011 production "This Masquerade" at Abron's Art Center. In March of 2011 Laura presented her large narwhal puppet that was handled by 5 people she costumed in handmade victoriana for the Eris Art Parade in New Orleans. She has also been awarded a 2012 Brooklyn Arts Council Grant to create a collaborative installation with textile designer, Kristen Reger. Laura is a regular performer at the Rubulad Art Collective in Brooklyn, New York as well as the Mudlark Public Theatre in New Orleans, Louisiana.