Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Lauren Bowker

This was the most inspiring talk I have been to all year! I found it so interesting to see how much a student from our course managed to achieve in just a couple of years. What I think was most relevant was the diversity of her work, as her very science-based uni work and experimentation with thermochromatic dyes led to offers of work from PQ Dye, The Internet of Things, Airbus and clothing technology for the next Oylmpics, yet her masters degree in Printed Textiles at the Royal College of Art led eventually led to work with Prechoo and Kryberg, window displays for Wolf + Badger and an artist residency for Hendricks Gin. I couldn't believe how much of a prolific worker she was, but this really good balance she has between the work she loves, such as her own company PHNX, and more 'bread-and-butter' work such as prints for Marks and Spencer. The best thing I took from the lecture was the importance of going out and meeting people, making contacts.

And she has had here work worn by Kate Moss and photographed by Tim Walker, which is doubly impressive.

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