Lauren Valley

 

Q: How did you start making art?

A: I have been creative for as long as I can remember, but I made a commitment to honing my craft
in high school.

Q: What does "being creative" mean to you?

A: To me, creativity is the lens I use to problem solve, whether it be overcoming an obstacle in my artistic practice or in my daily life. 

Q: What is your most important tool?

A: My most important tool is my use of perspective and being able to frame my work in a way that is both inclusive and empowering.

Q: What would be your dream job?

A: My dream job would be to create meaningful work that both empowers women of color and highlights the intersection of art and technology.

Q: Describe your first reaction to the piece of furniture. 

A: I was drawn to how simple and futuristic the chair was. Its design is reminiscent of the idea of “future objects” from the 60s or 70s, yet its simplicity evokes both a contemporary feeling and a sense of timelessness.

Q: Is furniture art?

A: Yes, furniture is both an art form and a craft.

Q: How do you think art influences design of furniture and vice versa?

A: Like art, furniture is a product of the time its time. It can respond to trends and set the mood of a space. Since furniture heavily considers the role of the user in its design, it can be used as both a functional object and a tool to impact the way the user interacts with their environment.

Q: What are some of the most inspiring things happening in design today?

A: Viewing design through the lens of an artist, I am very interested in use of functional pieces to convey experience. 

Q: What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

A: Different is better than better.

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