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alaurabrody : it's time for Opulent Mobility 2017!

The Kali Walker

The Kali Walker (2017) is based on Kali, the goddess of time and empowerment. This Kali is built into an aluminum walker. Materials: aluminum walker, cardboard, tape, batting, repurposed leather, zippers. 72 H x 50 W x 36 D. Photo by Heidi Marie Photography.
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Driven, the Edwardian Cyborg Wheelchair

The Steampunk Wheelchair- making what was invisible desirable
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  1. Driven, the Edwardian Cyborg Wheelchair Gallery

    Driven poster. Photo courtesy of Heidi Marie Photography.
  2. Driven, the Edwardian Cyborg Wheelchair Gallery

    Reupholstering the back of Driven for better mobility

Live Performance Draping

Sculpting on the body with re-purposed fabrics, staples, tape and scissors
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  1. Live Performance Draping Gallery

    Staple draping at Schkapf Theatre and Incubation Center, 2014
  2. Live Performance Draping Gallery

    Staple draping demo in Wellington New Zealand, 2012
  3. Live Performance Draping Gallery

    Draping for Presque Pret a Porter at the Hollywood Fringe Festival
  4. Live Performance Draping Gallery

    Staple draping at Summerset Festival of the Arts, 2012
  5. Live Performance Draping Gallery

    Posing with draping model Eartha Delights and curator Christel Highland in KC, MO
  6. Live Performance Draping Gallery

    Staple Draping for a cause at 20 Wonder

Nebula Enthroned

Nebulae are the birthplace and/or death sites of stars. In this artwork, the wheelchair and chair user are fused into a streamlined collaboration and can choose to destroy or create worlds. Nebula Enthroned (2014) was built from recycled and donated fabrics, mono-filament and thrift store yarns. The fabric making process took months and over 7000 meters of thread. Nebula is embodied by Xavier Cross and is the 4th in the Opulent Mobility series. It is a collaborative work of A. Laura Brody and David Robkin.
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  1. Nebula Enthroned Gallery

    Nebula Enthroned. Photo courtesy of Heidi Marie Photography. Model Xavier Cross.
  2. Nebula Enthroned Gallery

    Nebula Enthroned 3/4 view). Photo courtesy of Heidi Marie Photography. Model Xavier Cross.

Seven Deadly Sins Fashion

Alternate vision of the Seven Deadly Sins as shown at the Majestical Roof on 9/11/11.
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  1. Seven Deadly Sins Fashion Gallery

    Seven Deadly Sins, less Sloth
  2. Seven Deadly Sins Fashion Gallery

    Avarice. Because too much is never enough.
  3. Seven Deadly Sins Fashion Gallery

    Envy, the Absinthe of Evil.
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    Intoxication- the prettier side of gluttony.
  5. Seven Deadly Sins Fashion Gallery

    Pride, or the Pirate Queen.
  6. Seven Deadly Sins Fashion Gallery

    Wrath. If you aren't outraged, you're not paying attention.

Steamwalker/ Le Flaneur

Designs for stylish walking with an attitude.
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  1. Steamwalker/ Le Flaneur Gallery

    Le Flaneur poster. Photo courtesy of Heidi Marie Photography.
  2. Steamwalker/ Le Flaneur Gallery

    Full view of the updated Le Flaneur/ the SteamWalker
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    Le Flaneur, face front
  4. Steamwalker/ Le Flaneur Gallery

    Le Flaneur's gramophone detail

The Prosthetic Super Heroine

A work in process, detailing the origins and adventures of our super heroine and her surprising, retractable prostheses.
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  1. The Prosthetic Super Heroine Gallery

    Super Heroine creates her costume
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    Super Heroine gadgetry
  3. The Prosthetic Super Heroine Gallery

    Super Heroine's arm surprises her with flowers

The Rocking Duck Boat

The Rocking Duck Boat (2013) is a collaborative work by A. Laura Brody and Alan deForest. It started life as a thrift store rocking chair, donated duck decoys, thrift store walking sticks and a putter, used leather and fabrics, feathers, remnant military zipper and reused sofa. The Rocking Duck Boat was featured at the first Opulent Mobility exhibit at the Bell Arts Factory in Ventura, CA along with Driven, Le Flaneur and process drawings for the Prosthetic Super Heroine. It is the third piece in the Opulent Mobility series.
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  1. The Rocking Duck Boat Gallery

    The Rocking Duck Boat. Photo courtesy of Heidi Marie Photography.
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Education: Master's Degree
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When we make, we see the world differently. We become makers, not just consumers and spectators. Because we are tool users and problem solvers by nature. Making something tangible gives us back creative power and a little way to cheat death.
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City: Altadena, CA, 91001, United States
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About my work:
"We are all buried treasure."

"My works draw from the history of art: the flowing shapes of Art Nouveau, the embellishments of the Victorians and the line quality of Klimt and Schiele. These sculptures are conceived with a commitment to social justice and are inspired by the spirit of scientific discovery. They are meant to encourage conversation and to inspire radical rethinking of the meanings of disability and adaptive aids. "

Laura Brody sculpts for the human body and its vehicles. Her mobility art (re*made wheelchairs and walkers) were shared by Frances Anderton on NPR and on The Improvised Life. She developed and co-curated Opulent Mobility, a group exhibit dealing with mobility and disability, with Anthony Tusler.

She developed staple draping, a technique that uses scissors, staplers, staples and reused fabrics to create living sculptures and clothing on people and vehicles. She's staple draped her way from LA Derby Doll events to the Summerset Festival in Baraboo, Wisconsin and even as far as Wellington, New Zealand. Her live performance draping event, Presque PrĂȘt a Porter, won the CSPA Sustainability Award at the first Hollywood Fringe Festival.
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