Laura Gordon || Colorful Repurposing

I want to repurpose. I want to create beauty out of the plastic chaos that becomes trash in the ocean. That is my vision. That is my niche.
— Laura Gordon

Recently, I found myself in a unique position, sitting across from a creatively driven and passionate artist, telling me her story. As I sat there, coffee in hand, all I could do was listen.  There was nothing for me to say, as it would pale in comparison to the charisma and excitement of her art and her inner drive.  Laura Gordon is more than just a local San Diego artist.  She is a growing visionary and is enhancing and spreading the idea of repurposing and reusing the things that are considered old or garbage and transforming them into works of art. 

Laura’s story is one that is similar to other creative greats out there.  Much like Jack Johnson, who was on his way to becoming a professional surfer and then injured his leg, leading him to really focus on the guitar, Laura was a soccer player who also got injured and through encouragement of a friend, turned her small passion of drawing and painting into a large part of who she wanted to become. But what sets her apart isn’t just her style, but rather her medium and her canvas.


Laura paints intricate designs, like the mandala, inspired by her love for the ocean, flowers and her trips to Bali, on surfboards to repurpose them for amazing art installations. 

Through my painting, I’ve realized that my art is a visual and mindful representation of the issue around discarding our trash. My hope is for people to see these installations and think of the beauty in the art and maybe be a little more mindful about discarding trash.  I wanted to create a beauty-oriented approach to plastic pollution.
— Laura Gordon

Her passion has always been deep-rooted, but the ocean brought it out in her and was multiplied by her trips to Bali. “Bali is a huge part of who I am and plays a large part in my artistic style. It changed me as a human being. While I was there, I saw trash everywhere. It broke my heart. I fell in love with the culture and the deeper meanings. I got a mandala tattoo to remind myself there is beauty in the simple things. A mandala is just made up of a lot of little lines. So to me, it's amazing that a lot of little things can come together to make one big beautiful picture.”  Laura is a living representation of everything she believes in.  Her actions in helping clean the ocean and her simple steps towards the goals she creates have the potential to make a truly large impact. 


It was on her second trip back to Bali where her roots deepened and she began understanding the true issue of the trash problem. In her trip, she made it to Ubud, where the most artistic and preserved roots in Bali are located. She met a man in the rice fields with an art shop, and agreed to teach her to paint realism and shading for 2 straight days, 13 hours a day. This dedication to her craft is a beautiful reminder of her passion and how her art goes beyond a purchase or display.

When people purchase art, sometimes it’s a centerpiece, which sometimes, is all it should be about. But, it’s amazing when art goes beyond that and evokes real emotion. The emotion I try to preserve in my paintings is a hopeful and beautiful reminder that even broken things and items that have been discarded can have a second life and a new purpose.  They can be useful and beautiful in some way.
— Laura Gordon

Laura is a true inspiration and a creative to us at Scrimshaw and we encourage everyone to follow her journey.  She is bound for greatness and we can't wait to see her change the world, one simple brush stroke at a time. You can reach her at or follow her at lauragordon_! 


Drawing Waves Unlike Any Other Day

A quintessential morning in SoHo: Grab an iced coffee to go at La Colombemake your way to Jack's Wife Freda for Brunch, and then stroll down the cobblestone streets to a unique museum, slightly off the beaten path, called The Drawing Center.

The Drawing Center chooses artists to explore the medium of drawing as primary, dynamic, and relevant ways to discover different cultures, inspirations, and unique themes.  Scrimshaw Collective ventured to The Drawing Center for its prime exhibit in "The Lab," to see Robin Rhode's Drawing Waves.

Robin Rhode is a South-African born, Berlin-based artist focusing on stop-action photography while combining drawing with elements of real life.  The exhibit focuses on two of Rhode's pieces, Breaking Waves and Paries Pictus - Draw the Waves.  

Breaking Waves focuses on a boy carving through the surf of an illusionistic ocean, painted onto a city wall.  

Breaking Waves - Robin Rhode

Paries Pictus-Draw the Waves is an interactive piece where children from Manhattan's PS 42 Benjamin Altman School and PS 130 Hernando DeSoto School were able to draw their idea of waves using custom made oil crayons, as an act of graffiti.  Rhode's hoped idea of combining the silhouettes of 17th-century mercantile ships and the graffiti drawings of the children would engage urban youths in history while promoting imagination and creativity.  

Robin Rhode's Drawing Waves exhibit at The Drawing Center is open until August 30th.  The exhibit is fascinating but please make sure to explore the rest of the museum.  For those who don't wish to spend an entire day looking at paintings, don't fret!  The Drawing Center has a modern look with two main spaces featuring multiple interactive pieces chosen by the museum's curators.  The Drawing Center has a cool vibe and is a unique staple of the SoHo art scene.