This lecture is a story telling journey of my artistic practice starting with 100 UFO quilts hiding under my bed to consistently finishing Art quilts on the walls of family, friends and collectors. Using quilts and photos, I will discuss what art making taught me as a quilter and what quilters have taught me as an artist.
Lauren Austin has been designing and making quilts for over 30 years. Prior to turning to art and art education full time, Lauren worked as a US diplomat in Latin America, as a human rights and civil rights lawyer and as a legal writing professor at Syracuse University School of Law. Lauren was the Community Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida until 2009. She then lived in China for 5 years, working on quilts, learning Chinese and providing art demonstrations and workshops to area community groups and schools before returning to the Houston area.
Lauren’s work is in private and public collections all over the country and abroad, and cataloged in several art quilt books.
Check out Lauren's website at: http://www.thatblackgirlart.com/