CRANBROOK ACADEMY OF ART
Lauren Holden is an MFA candidate in the 2D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art (class of 2021). She has completed artist residencies in Newfoundland, Canada and Spokane WA in addition to presenting her research on visual poetry at the Unscripted Digital Arts Festival. Lauren’s work is rooted in literature and her own poetry-writing practice, exploring emotional worlds through the lenses of gender and mental health. By experimenting with interaction, materiality and installation, Lauren’s practice acts as disciplinary research that investigates new ways of engaging with text. Her work has been recognized for its social impact, typography and website design, and her writing on design was published in The Devil’s Artisan: Journal of the Printing Arts.
WHERE WERE YOU BORN AND WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
Born and raised in Toronto, Canada
MORNING PERSON OR NIGHT OWL?
FAVORITE SOCIAL PLATFORM?
FAVORITE TV BINGE WATCH?
Parks and Recreation
Bluets by Maggie Nelson, Here by Richard McGuire
FAVORITE FINE ARTIST?
Mental health advocacy
FAVORITE FREE TIME ACTIVITY?
Bookstore hopping and browsing
FAVORITE DESIGNER/ART DIRECTOR WORKING TODAY?
AREA OF DESIGN YOU WISH TO SPECIALIZE IN?
Experimental publications (digital or physical)
IF YOU WERE NOT A DESIGNER, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?
Write poetry or art criticism or teach art and design to undergraduate students or hop from one artist residency to the next
THE BEST THING ABOUT DESIGN SCHOOL?
The interdisciplinary approach. 2D Design at Cranbrook goes beyond traditional graphic design into the realms of painting, fibre, sculpture and more—all with a strong emphasis on theory and criticism.
A MANTRA OR SAYING YOU LIVE BY?
Anything worth doing is worth doing badly