Laura Shepherd was born in Buxton, Derbyshire in 1971.
In 2001, whilst living in Amsterdam, she founded Glovedup Gloves, and quickly established an international reputation for uniquely modern gloves. Untrained and self-taught, she was driven to create gloves as fashion statements. Initially they were all fingerless and great attention was given to both form and function, to attain the most flattering cut. For the next decade, collaborations with designers and stylists for catwalks, music videos and shows stimulated an endless stream of fashion creativity. Whilst sexy black stretch-leather and white puff sleeved opera gloves were some of her classic designs, richly diverse commissions led to experimentation with a wide array of textiles and shapes: high-tech sportswear fabrics for Heatherette (NY), denim and pvc for Diesel Black Gold, deconstructed t-shirts for Surface to Air (Paris), recycled leather jackets for Hoxton Boutique, silk and fine wool for United Nude, and exquisite French Chantilly lace for British Vogue and Victim Fashion St.
Kylie Minogue, Lady Gaga, Madonna, and Rihanna were among the many high profile Glovedup clients. When Laura met Vogue Italia’s Anna Piaggi at the Vienna Lifeball and gifted a pair of gloves she’d created for the show, Anna put them on immediately and later became a most cherished and loyal fan. Laura also experimented with accessories; from leather and found-object show pieces for Robert Cary-Williams, to recycled plastic bag crocheted tiaras for ex debutante Liz Brewer, and exuberantly frilled pvc leggings. When Stylebubble’s Susie Lau saw the 2008 look book she blogged “Glovedup needs a name change … I had to drool and say, I want that one, that one and that one, … Only thing is I think they now need a name change with all the stuff on top of their wonderful gloves.”
Laura worked closely with leading stylists (Arianne Phillips, B Akerlund, Lucinda Chambers, Patti Wilson) to create avant garde gloves and accessories that featured extensively in trend-defining editorial photographed by the best in fashion: Miles Aldridge, Patrick Demarchelier, Steven Klein, Steven Meisel, Solve Sunsdbo, Mario Testino, and Tim Walker.
After a decade of 24/7 glove-making, in 2012 Laura closed her studio and went traveling, to Ibiza, then China, Middle East and India. An obsessive creator, she switched to digital design; first 2D vectors, and then a project led her into the 3D space – which changed everything. Since then she’s been developing a new body of work in the digital/virtual universe. Her concepts and visualizations began with surface pattern, and soon developed into both conceptual and commercial accessory and womenswear design. Sacred geometry, flowers and slow meditative motion are frequent themes that Laura draws from. Making flowers dance is a passion, and most recently fashion and how 3D can bring new perspectives to digital story-telling and imagery.
“I’m simply not interested in making real things any more. 100% digital creativity frees me from the moral dilemmas over materials and sustainability. It allows me to dream without constraint. Furthermore I’m convinced that people mostly just want to look at pictures and watch movies rather than buy product.”