Lauren Klein

 

I am a recent graduate from the Textile Design Undergraduate program at Rhode Island School of Design. Originally from Maryland, I have a formal background in oil plein air painting in addition to drawing with a variety of media. My work primarily focuses on concepts of family, nature and organic growth, and the play between contrasting elements in my life and American culture. Currently I am most interested weaving as well as pattern and surface design. My style is very fun and playful and I am very drawn towards bright colors and bold shapes. Contact me for any questions!

Artist Statement

 

Preoccupied with concepts of adulthood and future lifestyle and career and getting ahead, it becomes important to slow down during the week. In actions that require leisure, like walking or reading or weaving, more things, objects or thoughts, can be noticed, learned, observed, and transformed. Pablo Neruda was a poet that made this observational slowness his body of work. He wrote dozens of Odes to Common Things, a chair, a wrench, a saltshaker, socks. Considering details and symbolism of an object, its history, and its life in tandem with ours. The sonder quality of this way of thinking feels comforting in the rat race of the constant competition that is the collegiate lifestyle. The ways to detach, step out, escape, from the irregular routine (or lack of routine) in life through the careful consideration of objects or landscapes around become important and meditative, either because of comfortability, memory, feeling, color, or experience in a place or around an object.

In my work, I create visual odes to places and the things in those places that make me experience the aforementioned feelings. Feeling a little corny like Neruda, I find meaning and beauty in the meaning of common objects and common places and communal places. The way that the day comes together to produce a moment so coincidentally beautiful feels powerful in each place that I consider. The objectivity of the natural, or unnatural landscape whether it be a beach or a pizza shop window or a restaurant or a flower in a flower pot, keeps me level and observant, paying attention to details of my environment that have nothing to do with me.

Resume

Skills:

Advanced knowledge of automated weaving technologies such as WeavePoint, Pointcarre, and E.A.T. software
Advanced knowledge of machine knitting, hand weaving, and fabric silkscreen techniques
Skilled oil, acrylic, gouache, and watercolor painter with proficient drawing skills
Strong design sense, skilled in surface design and repeat pattern
Advanced knowledge of fiber properties and dyeing techniques
Proficient in the Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign etc.)
Strong knowledge in Microsoft Excel, Word, etc. 
Advanced knowledge in gallery management
Thorough experience in customer service
Overall friendly, funny, adaptable and quick to learn

Work Experience:

Valdese Weavers                                         June 2017- August 2017         
Contract Design Intern                                           Valdese, NC
Worked closely with designers in the Contract and Residential design departments to create new fabrics for current lines, organized fabric collections, worked with sales support and customers, developed four of my own fabrics in a portfolio project, and learned from personnel in each department of the mill. 

Rhode Island School of Design                       August 2016-May 2018
Freelance Print Instructor                                     Providence, RI
Hosted impromptu printing and digital embroidery workshops at the RISD Textiles studio, there I helped my classmates, local musicians and event planners create printed and embroidered apparel merchandise for their businesses. 

Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery                      March 2010-June 2016
Assistant Gallery Manager                                     Glen Echo, MD
Helped to curate shows for specific themes, helped to set up shows, monitored gallery space during weekend exhibitions, prepared the gallery space regularly for upcoming shows, substituted for other art educators when needed.

Rhode Island School Of Design                     September 2015-May 2017
Teaching Assistant                                                  Providence, RI
Helped students understand projects in drawing studio, assisted the professor with critique, kept the classroom organized and clean, was available outside of class to help students with their projects, and helped to teach drawing skills to students.