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Published on May 16th, 2017
Laurel Burch: The inspiring story of this physically limited, hugely successful, self-made artist.

Laurel Burch
Laurel Burch
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You may not know her name, but you have likely seen her beautiful, colorful art, in silk scarfs, earrings, greeting cards and in many other forms.

Her art brings happiness to many people, few of whom know Laurel was born with a rare bone disease that over 100-times, caused her bones to snap like toothpicks.

Here is her remarkable story:

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At the age of 14, Laurel fled her turbulent Southern California home with little more than a bag of her clothes. Eventually, she settled in San Francisco.

Laurel cooked, cleaned and babysat for her room and board, and began to create jewelry, which she sold on the streets, among the flowerchildren of the 1960's.

Laurel Burch Art
Laurel Burch Art
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Her father called her a Hippie, and like many other skeptics, claimed she would never amount to anything.

At 19, Laurel was a single mother on welfare, struggling with pain and physical limitations when a popular store in Ghirardelli Square began selling her jewelry.



As her sales grew, this self-taught artist, and high school dropout, began exploring more forms of colorful art, which over the years she developed into hundreds of products.

But the money aside, creating such inspiring art brought Laurel happiness, and the joy of knowing that others around the world also found happiness in her work.

"I want to share things in the world that lift people," Laurel said in a "30 Minutes" TV interview. "I think that’s what my jewelry and my art and all the things that I do is about."

"I want it to convey hopefulness, and brightness and goodness," she said of her art, as she was determined to and did uplift the world in her own special way.

Editor's Note:Laurel passed away in 2007, at the age of 61, a ripe old age for someone born with her physical limitations, even as her vibrant art lives on today.

To learn more, please see http://www.karmatube.org/videos.php?id=7438 and her website http://www.laurelburch.com/

In the next KazanToday: A woman who brings joy to refugee children, and to other poor children.


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