My name is Laurie O’Neill.
I am a weaver of threads and vines, a binder of books, a maker of paper, a carver of lines, a lover of tendrils, stars, and holes.
I am entranced with things that go unnoticed, the magical spaces between yarns and branches, the movement of mountains to sand, and dictionaries.
I love the connection between hand and soul and object, skin and water and sky, toes and roots and earth.
Fibers and books are my current passions. I journal my thoughts and I make books that I would like to fill with life, but I make more books than I can fill, so sometimes I offer them to you so that you can fill them with your life.
Weaving has been important to me for over thirty years. Although largely self-taught, in 2014 I received my BA in Studio Art that I began back in the early 1980s. I am addicted to art retreats and workshops in beautiful places.
In my day job, I am happily employed as a secretary at UNCG. I like to eat good food too much, and grow it when possible.
My husband Sandy and I live in Greensboro, North Carolina. Our cats Pablocito and Diego are our children. We have been privileged to earn the love of many rescued and feral cats during the last three decades. This summer we gave a home to two parakeets, Bernie and Liz. They hate us.
My other obsession is my back yard permaculture garden – the “Back Forty.” I raise a fair amount of food in a small urban space without chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers.