Laura Guilda Grote
was born in 1986 and was raised in Austria and Germany. She grew up in different small towns and cities before she moved to Berlin by the age of 12.
After high school, she worked as an Au Pair in Barcelona, Spain, and participated in a course in fashion illustration at Institut Catalò de la Moda by Marthe Esteban.
Laura attended Scuola specializzata di tecnica dell'abbigliamento e della moda, Lugano, Switzerland where she studied tailoring and pattern making.
In 2008, she moved to Milan, Italy to study at Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti (NABA) where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013. Continuing her studies, in 2019 Laura completed a Master’s Degree in Visual Arts and Decoration with honours at Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera.
During her student years, she gained practical experience in production and sales as an assistant for Marcella Marzona, a Milanese fashion designer.
In 2015, an ongoing collaboration with Painter Ercole Pignatelli began. As his personal assistant, she helped to work in the artist's studio and during exhibitions.
From 2018 to 2019, Laura worked on the digital textile archive for the textile designer and artist Paola Besana.
Laura's quest to improve her technique and broaden her scope of talents has continued in her participation in several workshops and courses in fabric printing, dyeing, and bleaching at SIAM, Società d'Incoraggiamento d'Arti e Mestieri. She took 4-shaft loom courses at Studio Paola Besana and attended a carpet weaving course mentored by Sardinian designer Eugenia Pinna. Soon she started to frequent the laboratory of "Arazzo contemporaneo" (contemporary tapestry) at SUPER, Scuola Superiore d'Arte Applicata del Castello Sforzesco with textile artist Elisabetta Genoni.
In 2019 she participated in the Young Fiber Contest of the 4th Biennial of "Tramanda" and received a special mention of the jury for her work "lost childhood", which she donated two years later to the Civic Collection of Fiber Art "Trame d'Autore" of Chieri (TO).
In 2020, during the lockdown period, she picked up all of her artworks she had created up to then and started to create many new ones which she showed in her solo show "Fil rouge" at SCD Textile & Art Studio in Perugia curated by Barbara Pavan and Susanna Cati. Since then she has exhibited in several group shows for example in Milan, Turin and Venice and was selected at the International Mini and Micro Textile Art Biennial Scythia in Ivano-Frankivs'k in Ukraine.
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" "I want to be an artist."