Laura Wait lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
She studied art history in college at Barnard College with the idea that she needed to look at art, and that the making could come later. New York was a wonderful place to see art, and she made bi weekly pilgrimages to look at art around the city. She received a BA, cum laude, in Art History from Barnard College, New York, 1975.
Laura lived for a year in Los Angeles in 1975-76, and studied lithography and drawing at Otis Art Institute. LA was another place to spend a lot of time looking and trying to understand current art.
She went to London in 1976 to study printmaking at Croydon College of Art, and received certificate in printmaking with merit for a one-year course in 1977, specializing in intaglio and bookbinding. She continued her studies in traditional bookbinding at Croydon, and received a Certificate with distinction for a three-year course in 1981.
Laura moved to Denver, Colorado in 1981, and started a bookbinding and conservation business, which she ran successfully until 2003. During that time she also worked on her own artist books and paintings, and gave many workshops in book arts. Her artist’s books are in collections worldwide, and have been published in a number of books and articles. In 2003 she decided to give up the bookbinding business and focus her attention completely on her own artwork. In 2004 she moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and had a quiet and fruitful situation to experiment with new art for the next six years.