HVNTER GVTHERER offers contemporary accessories and objects for the home crafted from precious and non-precious materials repurposed and sourced from manufacturing scrap whenever possible. Ranging from staples to statement pieces in a varied palette of rich blacks, weathered hues and burned metallics, HVNTER GVTHERER’s line is diverse in form and designed to complement a variety of tastes and lifestyles. The handcrafted process leaves a landscape of unique imperfections on the surface of each piece that change subtly over time and reveal a distinctive, inner beauty.
Laura Prieto-Velasco founded Hunter Gatherer in 2012 to adorn the urban nomad with limited edition designs that pair ancient ideas with elegant minimalism. Raised in Northeastern Pennsylvania and armed with degrees in Metalworking and Design from the Tyler School of Art and San Diego State, Laura learned to appreciate the value of maximizing limited resources and using recycled or sustainably sourced materials. This ethos fuels Hvnter Gvtherer as she makes each piece by hand in limited editions and small batches in her Chicago studio. Laura's interest in object making lies in folklore, archeology and an exploration of the ephemeral. Her collections include carefully curated objects for the home and classic wearables that record imprints of daily life and continue to evolve together. Committed to these values, Laura shares these ideas with students as an instructor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC).
Through collaboration and innovation, HVNTER GVTHERER participates in a broad dialogue with visual artists, musicians, academics and other designers. From 2013 to 2014, Laura drew on social theorist Marcel Mauss’ concept of social exchange with limited edition packaging that included a Dhiri Ring. This packaging symbolized the complexity of modern social relations and the intellectual exchanges they create. In 2014, Laura collaborated with electronic musician Lykanthea on a series of photo projects that developed the BRUTAL collection. Later that year, she and Lykanthea released the Migration Capsule Collection, a series of pieces that experimented with the idea of sound as an object of adornment. Inspired by the body’s movement in space, HVNTER GVTHERER released THREE LAWS OF MOTION in 2015 to complement dancer and designer Hogan McLaughlin’s Spring/Summer Collection.
In the fall of 2015 Laura and artist Heather Gabel worked together to create a series of four sculptural hairpins and prints. Later that year the artists worked together to create imagery and the video for a collection of handmade - process based leather works titled SAL ET CORIUM.
To close out 2015 she and musician Chelsea Wolfe launched their FAROUCHE collection releasing the first two inaugural pieces and photo campaign.
In 2016 Chicago-based Sound Designer and Artist Surachai commissioned Hvnter Gvtherer to create a custom piece for "Temple of the Weakening Sun" which later became the inspiration for the artist's graphics and logo.
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