About

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Hi, I'm Lauren Taylor! I am a Chicago-based illustrator focused on hand-lettering and naturalistic illustration. I also work and am interested in logo and branding package design for companies, individuals, and events, such as weddings. My medias of choice include traditional materials like pen and ink, colored pencil, and screen-printed products. I like to work on non-traditional surfaces to create unique, original designs for each client.

Please contact me by email at fireflyillustration.com

 

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Work

Custom Stationery Assistant, Smitten Boutique, January 2019-Current

Assistant Designer for all custom stationery orders, primarily wedding related

1047 West Madison Street

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Exhibitions Assistant, Department of Exhibitions, Performance, and Student Spaces (DEPS), January 2017 - October 2018

Carry out installations and deinstallations of exhibitions as well as provide hand-painted images and lettering for exhibitions

DEPS Locations:

The Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 South Wabash Avenue, First Floor

The Arcade Gallery, 618 South Michigan Avenue, Second Floor

C33 Gallery, 33 East Congress Parkway, First Floor

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T-Shirt Designer, T-Shirt Diner, Las Vegas, Nevada, May 2016 - August 2016

Designer for T-shirts, jackets, handbags, hats, etc., as well as created logos for companies and brands

 

Leadership

Vice President, Illustration Student Group (ISG), January 2016 - May 2018

President, Cru (Campus Crusade for Christ), January 2016 - May 2018

 

Installation Experience

2016 Weisman Award Exhibition, November 10, 2016 - January 13, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

Silos, November 17, 2016 - February 18, 2017, The Glass Curtain Gallery

On Paper, December 8, 2016 - 2017, The Alcove, 623 South Wabash Avenue, Fourth Floor

Evoke: An Environmental Inspiration Exhibit, February 2 - March 14, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice, March 10 - April 24, 2017, The Glass Curtain Gallery

Persist, 2017 MFA Photography Thesis Exhibition, May 10, - May 28, 2017, The Glass Curtain Gallery

2017 People's Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street, March 30 - April 26, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

The Design Show 2017: Manifest, May 12, 2017, C33 Gallery

Modus Operandi: BFA Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition, May 12 - April 26, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

Spatial Interaction: Defined, June 8 - September 29, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

¡Sí, Se Puede!, September 5 - November 14, 2017, The Glass Curtain Gallery

2017 Weisman Award Exhibition, October 16, 2017 - February 14, 2018, The Arcade Gallery

Over and Over, November 16 - February 17, 2018, The Glass Curtain Gallery

Waterworld, March 8 - April 21, 2018, The Glass Curtain Gallery

2018 Portrait Project, June 18 - July 27, 2018, The Glass Curtain Gallery

 

Commissions

Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice, March 10 - April 24, 2017, The Glass Curtain Gallery

Hand-lettered timeline for Laura Anderson Barbata's Julía Pastrana and hand-lettered "What is a Feminist Social Practice?" for wall vinyl

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Wabash Arts Corridor: Street Level, September 15 - October 20, 2017, The Hokin Gallery, 623 South Wabash Avenue, First Floor

Mural collaboration with Melanie Vasquez and hand-lettering for "What the World Needs NOW"

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2017 People's Choice: Wabash Arts Corridor from Sketch to Street, March 30 - April 26, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

Hand-painted "Vote Here" mural for the competition voting booth

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Spatial Interaction: Defined, June 8 - September 29, 2017, The Arcade Gallery

Hand-lettered wall introductory text

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¡Sí, Se Puede!, September 5 - November 14, 2017, The Glass Curtain Gallery

Hand-painted mural recreating Gloria Talamantes' mural from 23rd Street and Whipple Street in downtown Chicago

 

Works Featured In

The Emergent Grace Art Show, The Journey Center of Chicago at Jesus People USA, Chicago, Illinois, June 2019

Creative Action Network See America Campaign

Death Valley National Park: Badwater Basin

https://creativeaction.network/collections/lauren-van-reken/products/badwater-basin-by-lauren-van-reken?variant=1389588086798

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The IC3 Annual

Three works, Vegetables, Fancyman, and Anatomia, curated in a book showcasing fellow peers' works from throughout the year

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On Paper

Ten Vegetable prints hung in accordance with other peers' works

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The Portrait Project

Fancyman piece showcasing a man from the South Loop neighborhood of Chicago

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2018 Portrait Project

Quirky piece showcasing Lexa Funderburg, a Columbia College Chicago student in the Glass Curtain Gallery