Lauren Lake 91 ID
Based in Bristol, RI
Generative design and patterns inform my exploration of 'Objects in a Series'. I first design these in a variety of software, then 3d print them in low cost plastics. Once the iterative process is complete (testing for aesthetic appeal, strength & comfort) I have them cast in 'lost wax' process mostly. Some are made through metal powder binder jet process. The beauty of this process is 'economy of scale' making short-run & elaborate 'one of kind' pieces possible.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Some of things that inspire me are pattern in nature, generative design, math, the passage of time and the pathways created by the presence of existing. In every action, however subtle, we leave traces behind. Nothing exists in a vacuum and the 'tension between' is something that interests me very much along with the combination of abstract ideas and how those can be expressed through material analogies.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Without a doubt. My time in Industrial Design at RISD taught me to experiment fearlessly - and to do so in a manner which supports an almost scientific sensibility - to observe process without prejudice, and to see what succeeds and what fails based on results even though initial inspiration may be born from something seemingly more aesthetic or visceral - as can be the case with design.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
Yes, I'm particularly excited to share objects that, I feel, are the culmination of my varied interests in multiply processes as an artist, a craftsperson and industrial designer. This last year i've been utilizing 3d printing, visual programming and the ancient process of lost wax casting to create jewelry and other small-scale intricate objects which are unique, infinitely customizable, and still affordable. Through these processes one of a kind objects are no longer as 'out of reach' as they once may have been.
See more of Lauren's work here.