Natalie McLaurin spent the first eighteen years of her life in Knoxville, TN, the oldest of three. At her preschool interview, the teacher was surprised by her amazing scissor skills.Her father is a logger and her mother is an architect, turned yarn shop owner.Her grandmother taught her to knit at the age of four, a feat that tells more about her grandmother than Natalie. She frequently won kite-flying contests as a young child and was lucky enough to go to New Prospect Art Center in the summers, where she learned how to use a loom, pottery wheel and many other crafts and was taught by many artists that use craft as their medium.
She moved to Brooklyn the fall of 2001 to go to Pratt Institute where she got her degree in Industrial Design. She worked as a fabricator and exhibit fabricator for display shops and museums including the Guggenheim. She has frequently shown with BD art collective based in Brooklyn since 2007.
She took a job in the fall of 2008 working on Prospect 1 Art Biennial in New Orleans and fell in love with the city. She traveled the country, mainly by Amtrak train, visiting 15 different cites the summer of 2009. On September 24th 2009 she moved to New Orleans and lives in the 7th Ward in a converted double shotgun. She worked on the longest picnic table for the Guinness Book of World Records. She became a board member of Antenna gallery in January 2010.