Lauren is our Social Media/Events Planner and wearer of many, many hats here at Hearts On Fiber. She is so very talented in crafting and learns quickly. Her posts on Instagram range from funny to touching. She always knows exactly what to say.
Super sweet with a heart of gold, I hope she never leaves us! 🙂
She answered some questions for us to get to know her better. Here they are!
Who are you as a craftsperson?
I have always been a visual artist, drawing and painting from an early age. I went to Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte for sixth through twelfth grade. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of High School that there was a major shift to the fiber arts for me. I got into Costume Design and worked on all the school’s productions until my graduation in 2014. I then received my BFA in 2018 from UNC School of the Arts for Design and Production, majoring in Costume Design. I’ve helped produce many shows as a stitcher, first hand, wardrobe mistress, and craftsperson. I’ve also designed several shows including UNCSA’s production of ‘The Last Days of Judas Iscariot’ and Triad Stage’s production of ‘Our Town’. I just fell in love with clothes and the history behind them.
Tell us about your business/craft.
After graduation I knew I wanted to work in small business. I wanted to find a way to do what I love from a place that I love. Right as I began my search, Kim Clark decided to open Hearts on Fiber and it was the perfect fit. I signed on to help teach more of the sewing and embroidery classes but then we really needed social media and marketing. One thing led to another and I am now the full-time Social Media Director and Events Coordinator. I’ve been working on crafting a recognizable and consistent feed so that when you see one of our photos you know it’s us. It is a lot of fun getting to help create who we are as a brand. It’s also great having such a close team to work with. I feel like part of the family and I’m really over at Kim’s house more than my own at this point.
How are you motivated, what inspires you?
My interests tends to control my focus. I have ADHD so learning to channel my focus on necessary tasks and not just fun ones took some time. Nature is very inspiring. I love going into the woods and exploring, it just makes me feel at home somehow. I’m also greatly inspired by colors, and blank canvases or spaces. They fill my head with ideas of what could be.
What are your passions? (Does not have to be related to your craft or art)
I am a total history nerd and that’s partially why costume design was so fun. Through all the research and history I learned more. The more you know the easier it becomes to remember and identify events and periods, so I’m always trying to learn more. Rabbits are the other great love of my life, I have two of my own and rescue them from time to time. Whenever I travel I collect rabbit figurines and they’re something I love to create in my art. I recently added two kittens to the mix. All four keep my busy and motivated!
What do you find the most frustrating or difficult in your creative process?
I love the beginning phase when I’m coming up with ideas and doing research, and I love working on a piece. The most frustrating part of the process for me is the actual starting point. Where to make the first mark, put the first stitch, mold the first shape…I get very hung up on that. My anxiety definitely takes over and a little voice in my head keeps telling me that I’ll never create something as nice again, so why bother?
How do you overcome that challenge?
Through repetition and deadlines at art school I had a lot of that perfectionism driven out of me. I still want to create the best I can, but I know my own limits for each project. Now I just give myself small steps that help the transition from one “part of the process” to the next. That way, I don’t feel overwhelmed by the whole task at the beginning. It’s all about clearing your headspace.
What is your favorite tool, or the one crafter tool you couldn’t live without?
This is so tough, and I came up with this question! My favorite tool is my Winsor & Newton Pointed Round Watercolor brush size 6. It’s a birchwood brush with real Sable hair that absorbs color and water so well. You can do anything with this brush in your hands.
Is there a piece you’re most proud of? Why?
I hand painted a silk-chiffon scarf for Kim with rabbits on either end and a chain of amaryllis flowers down the side that is one of my favorites. There is also a series of ‘Jekyll and Hyde the Musical’ renderings that are on the list. Each piece was very time and labor intensive with exacting attention to detail. I wanted to focus on the artistry, not just the efficiency. As a result, I think they’re some of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever created. Being able to bring a small piece of beauty into the world with my art makes me happy. It’s also something we need a lot more of right now.