As a consultant, Lauren offers her services regularly to manufacturers in the craft industry or those bringing new products into the craft industry. Understanding the marketplace from the business side, creative side and as a trend forecaster, Lauren develops designs and represents products, product lines and kits; as well as modifying and extending existing product lines.
Lauren demonstrates products for companies at trade shows and can also teach, present and act as a spokesperson on videos, television and national level sales events across the country.
Art and Design
Lauren is a versatile and prolific designer whose style is earthy with a deliberate sophistication. The art of bookmaking is Lauren's forte. She regularly licenses her book designs (finished books and book components) to other corporations for production and international distribution.
Please contact Lauren for licensing and design inquiries. Her portfolio is available for viewing upon request. Please call to discuss the possibility of her designing something new for you (licensing agreements only — Lauren never sells the copyrights to her work)!
Speaking and Presenting
As a speaker and presenter, Lauren's style is informative, interactive and always enjoyable. Lauren has been presenting and speaking at a national level for more than 20 years.
Topics include: enhancing your creativity, the many roles of designers in the craft industry and in manufacturing, how to find and work with a professional designer, art and design, and the role of art in healing.
Lauren has presented at large trade shows, prestigious educational institutions and civic settings. If interested in setting up a lecture or workshop please contact Lauren directly.
Arts in Education | Art in Communities
Lauren has been teaching Mixed Media Art since 2005. Lauren realized her goal of achieving creative freedom and encourages others to find their own. The goal is for her artistic process to open a new level of expression. The goal of her classes is to meet each participant where their creative muse is and push it further through experimentation and using the familiar.
Lauren is known for her work with the International Society of Altered Book Artists. She has taught a series of Altered Book Classes in the Gwinnett County Public Library System. The classes were free to the public. Her classes are open to the community and always included products that are eco-conscious/green/environmentally friendly. She recycles, up-cycles, repurposes, reuses, reduces and has been known to use post consumer waste in order to complete her works of art.
She carries 25 years of experience in the classroom and a variety of community settings. Lauren has taught at all levels of educational institutions — from Kindergarten to University settings.
If you are interested in having Lauren develop and design products and kits for the educational marketplace or coordinate a large community arts project for a diverse or special needs population, please feel free to contact her directly.
Lauren is regularly invited to contribute her work to book publishers and national magazines. She also writes informative industry related articles on trends, self-motivation and the importance of an artful family. Lauren has contributed to a dozen art magazines and compilations.
Some of the books Lauren has contributed to include – Altered Arts Magazine, Rubber Stamper, Scrap and Stamp, Mary Engelbreit's Home Companion October/November 2008, Green Guide for Artists: Nontoxic Recipes, Green Art Ideas and Resources for the Eco-Conscious Artist to name a few.
Lauren is a self-taught Mixed Media Artist who lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She entered the craft industry after the birth of her first child. Memory Art, in particular scrapbooking, is where she developed her love for paper. She quickly became enthralled with Altered Art and Collage Art and, as a former librarian, was drawn to the art of bookmaking. As an imaginative craft designer, she works with a wide variety of craft company and paper arts manufacturers.
Her books are full of earthy tones of color and texture. She creates art with her books. All the individual parts that are transformed into a book -- from the covers, to the stitching to the paper chosen to be signatures -- come together to sing a song. Each piece is chosen for the note and the harmony it brings to the music that is made.
After the birth of twin boys, Lauren decided to walk away from an academic career as an Epidemiologist with a degree from Harvard University to balance her new found love of life as a Mother and an Artist. As an imaginative craft designer, her work appears in national magazines.
I am not the typical artistic designer. I never enjoyed crafting as a child. This is not to say that I did not grow up in a crafty home. I clearly remember as a child watching Carol Duvall, Julia Child and the Galloping Gourmet on PBS.
I did not find out that I had an artistic gene until I was 40 years old raising a toddler and pregnant with twin boys.
I am a eco-conscious/green/environmentally friendly designer. I recycle, up-cycle, re-purpose, reuse, reduce and pick through the trash. I will never be a fine artist. The tag line on my blog reads: "There are no mistakes in art, just opportunities to embellish."
My, for me the devil is in the details. I am a left brained woman having extraordinary right brain experiences.
until we meet again,