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Meet Lauren N. Bailey

Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren N. Bailey.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I’m a graphic designer and intermedia artist. My parents moved to Tempe from Los Angeles shortly after I was born and I have stuck around ever since. I earned my BS in Visual Communication from ASU, where I learned to think about type in ways I have never before considered.

Please tell us about your art.
I primarily work in print design – usually designing flyers for shows my friends are playing or booking – and mostly base those designs on type and type layouts. I like playing around with different manual processes and applying real, physical qualities to come up with the final result. Recently I have been exploring screen printing, linoleum block printing, rubber stamps, manipulating fabric, and playing with printer halftones.

The why is fairly simple – when you play or put on a show, you want people to come. My goal is for the flyer to be interesting enough that people pause to read it and know what is going on. Independent of what the text reads, the flyer visually also has to carry information. Maybe the person reading the flyer has never heard of the artists/bands playing the show as is the case in a lot of these shows. The type and treatment of it can say a lot.

What do you think about conditions for artists today? Has life become easier or harder for artists in recent years? What can cities like ours do to encourage and help art and artists thrive?
I mean I don’t think being an artist has ever been easy. Materials are expensive, making work takes time, making work also doesn’t usually equate to any monetary gain. Being an artist/designer is a hustle. I work part-time side gigs to make it possible; it’s all a familiar story. We do it because we can’t not, but that doesn’t make it easy. Personally, I am not really familiar with what the city has to offer for artists. Can we make it easier to connect artists and musicians with grants, residencies, and other opportunities? What can the city do to better support small venues like The Lunchbox and Trunk Space? The city of Tempe can also encourage art to thrive by preventing cuts to Arts Education Funding in public schools and keeping the arts as a vital part of a well-rounded education.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I usually promote the shows the flyers are for on social media, mostly Instagram (@lauren.n.bailey). Maybe you’ll see printed flyers I’ve designed posted around Tempe or in your local coffee shop. I’ve done work for several local businesses in Tempe/Phoenix (Valley Bar, Crescent, noons, Futuro, and the ASU Art Museum) where you can see some of my work in action. I also have a website

You can support my work by coming out to independent shows and events. Check out The Lunchbox, support musicians like Lana Del Rabies, DJ Gila Man, Dismal Light, Dripping, Moda, Terminal 11, Divine Hammer, Npsych MFK, and so many others. Go see bands you’ve never heard of, buy their album, get a T-shirt – maybe I helped design it.

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