Lauren Singer

 

Class Subject:

Weaving Techniques

 

As a contemporary mixed media artist, I draw inspiration from a diverse palette of materials, ideas and techniques. Themes include environmental, global, personal, political and social issues. Several ongoing series address pesticide toxicity, genetically modified organisms and bamboo’s versatility.

Natural and recycled elements are often juxtaposed with modern materials and technology creating layers of symbolism, dense texture and texted or implicit messages.
The fiber arts have been interests for a long time. Work in this area includes 2-D and 3-D mixed media art for the wall, art to wear as well as traditional weaving and tapestry. I’ve taught various classes in needle weaving, tapestry and woven amulet necklaces at the Art League and I look forward to offering more in the near future.

My work has been exhibited in galleries, museums and museum gift shops throughout the metropolitan area. Other pursuits, which enrich my heart, soul and ultimately my art, include dancing, gardening and nature, playing the djembe and teaching Zumba Fitness classes.

It’s a wonderful thing to be able to follow one’s dreams. I feel lucky to have had the opportunity to pursue my creative calling as an artist, receive recognition for it and impart my knowledge and passion to others through teaching.

Teaching Philosophy:

Teaching is sacred to me-- and imparting what I know, love and practice has been very fulfilling. My vast experience includes being a Visiting Professor at Pratt Institute, an art and fine craft instructor and developer of creative arts workshops for educators, corporate venues, therapeutic facilities and public libraries. As an art teacher, I am interested in cultivating the “seeing” and ‘discovery’ aspects of the creative process, instilling passion, providing concrete skills as well as a love for the intuitive, broadening my students' knowledge base to include different eras, styles and cultures and helping my students take things to the next level--all in a supportive environment. In this product-driven world, I encourage my students to value the process--the place where we are in the throes of creation and learning-- as well as the prized outcome. I've taught art and fine craft classes to children, young adults, adults, special needs and art educators at the Art league of Long Island since 2006. Each day I learn something new and exciting. I hope to transfer my own love of learning to my students.

Seascape + Tapestry 

Seascape, Mixed Fiber Tapestry