Ali Rouse Launer combines luxurious precious, semiprecious stones, handmade Bali sterling silver and glass seed beads on the skulls of noble animals to create an impressive, signature style of art. Few artists are creating anything remotely like Ms. Rouse Launer’s work, with its fabulous combination of beautiful patterns and extraordinary bold presence. The animal form, often with large, gorgeous horns, serves as the frame housing the intricate details of her designs. Each animal offers unique opportunities and possibilities, which Ms. Rouse Launer interprets as angular and symmetrical, or abstracted, simulating movement in the geometric composition.
Alison began working with beads at the age of twelve in her home state of New York. At seventeen, she relocated to Boston, MA, to attend Newbury College and study interior design. This training inspired passion for color and the use of texture in her beadwork. She also lived on the Caribbean island Barbados and had a brief stay in Virginia. At twenty two, Ali headed west to Santa Fe, New Mexico. This is where she was inspired to begin beading skulls in 2001. She purchased her first skull at the Santa Fe flea market and began by trial and error. The first skull still hangs proudly in her home studio.
She was recently the featured artist in Albuquerque, The Magazine, April 2008 issue. Also in 2008, Ali had a showing at the Harwood Museum located in Taos, New Mexico through the National Museum for Women in the Arts. She now resides in Corrales, NM with her husband and two children.