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Conversations with Laura Madden

Today we’d like to introduce you to Laura Madden.

Hi Laura, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am an artist, sustainable fashion advocate and influencer. I am also a huge advocate for rescue dogs. My husband and I have been married for 21 years, and have moved around the US 8 times together during our married life. Career-wise I have a pretty diverse background. I started modeling at age 19, while getting a degree in Kinesiology/ Exercise Science from The University of New Hampshire.

I worked in fitness for 15 years, teaching everything from cooking classes to yoga and bootcamps. I eventually transitioned into health coaching, which turned into life coaching women entrepreneurs. At that point, my creative edge and love of fashion was calling me home, and began personal shopping, styling, and blogging. Today, my work in fashion is most focused on my advocacy work for more sustainable and conscious fashion, which is otherwise known as an influencer.

As much as I love fashion and will always have my hands in that line of work in some form, today I am building my art brand, ReFashioned Art, which I started just two years ago. I have been doing art my entire life, but since relocating back to Arizona in 2018, it became apparent that art needed to be more than just a hobby in my life. A large part of my life is also devoted to giving back wherever I can. I serve on four boards, two of which are right here in Arizona.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
As a creative entrepreneur, moving around the country as much as we have has definitely made career stability more challenging for me. (as a Taurus, stability is very important to me.) Every move meant reestablishing myself in a whole new city with a whole new market and soul. But I would say my biggest struggle has been self doubt along the way and trusting myself to take risks. For a long time I made choices and chased after things I thought ‘looked good’, but when I finally started trusting myself, and took risks to move into more creative pursuits, like fashion and art, I started to really feel like myself. That does a lot for your self-esteem.

Reaching out to new people, networking and asking for help has always felt vulnerable, but I’ve been very lucky in each city I’ve lived finding mentors and peers who have been generous with their guidance. Finding community has always been really important to my growth and finding that stability. Oh, and another struggle for me- numbers!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Always a fashion lover,

My work as an artist is a rather unique niche- I make abstract modern art that brings a fashionable edge to your home. I love fashion, but I also care deeply about the environment- for that reason my originals are made using repurposed materials.

I have no formal art training- I am completely self-taught. Until 2019, when I decided to pursue my art professionally, I was only an artist to decorate my own homes. Every time we moved for my husband’s job, I created new art for our new home, oftentimes repurposing items I’d already had lying around. It never occurred to me that what I was doing was actually ‘a thing’ and ‘that thing’ was already a movement, called upcycling or repurposing.

I also didn’t realize this is really good for the environment. Using items that already exist contributes to the circular economy, conserves resources and reduces waste.

ReFashioned Art is my art brand. I am using my work to tell a story and create a narrative that style and sustainability can coexist. By repurposing old items into something more fashionable, chic and contemporary, I hope to inspire you to look for beauty where it is not normally found. It is my mission, using my art, to demonstrate that it’s not only possible, but you can do it too.

ReFashioned is meant to be stylish, modern art that adds that fashionable edge to your home or workspace. My art is sometimes avant garde-including graffiti style, minimalist, abstract portraits, and my latest series, ReFashion ReSculpt, which is 3D. (Interestingly, the people who buy my art are very much ‘in Fashion’).

Alright so before we go can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
I was nominated by Arizona Foothills Magazine Most Fashionable Valley Woman. As a sustainable fashion advocate, I would love your support! Cast your vote here:

I am most active on my Instagrams (@iamlauramadden, @two_pretty_birds, @ReFashionedArt) and am working hard to build up my Art page right now. Just about everything I share is for sale, so if there is something you see that you like- DM me! This year, I am also part of the Camelback Studio Tour, November 13 & 14, and will be exhibiting my work from my home studio! All are welcome to stop by, grab a drink and view my art. I will also be doing closeout specials and a fun giveaway, of course!

I am also always open to new ideas and collaborations, such as social media collaborations, art shows, photoshoots, giveaways, LIVEs, webinars. I believe we are all stronger together and create great change in numbers. During this time, these are some of the ways I’ve created partnerships to inspire positive change and also build my business. I love speaking, and with social media being more important than ever, LIVEs are one of my favorites. My websites are another great way to connect and learn more about my work- I hope you will check them out!

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Kavan Lake

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