Christine Laffer began her studies in architecture in 1969 at the University of Illinois in Chicago. After discovering textiles she moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where she studied tapestry under Jean Pierre Larochette and Yael Lurie. In 1982 she began weaving images of cloth and architecture, and in the following years finished several large commissions. To gain a deeper understanding of tapestry she studied for six months (1984-85) at the Manufacture Nationale des Gobelins in Paris, receiving a letter of high recommendation from director Gérard Dehais. She has since completed her MFA at San Jose State University (1995).
Laffer has shown her work nationally, spoken at professional symposia, and published articles. Tapestry continues to be her medium of choice, as she develops a conceptual meld of bas-relief sculptural form and mute image. Occasionally she combines these forms with cloth, found objects, drawing, or prints.
Recently completing 2-1/2 years as Gallery Coordinator at WORKS/San José, an alternative art and performance space, she works full-time in her studio. She has acts as Editor of (detail), a journal of art criticism published by the South Bay Area Women's Caucus for Art. She also was Guest Editor for the June 1998 issue of Switch (an on-line publication of The CADRE Institute, with graduate students in computer art at SJSU).