About The ArtistLaura Lein-Svencner was raised in Downers Grove IL not far from her grandfather's farm and resides now Darien Illinois for the past 30 years. She's continued with her personal studies in drawing, printmaking, sculpture/assemblage, papermaking and collage. Seeking inspiration from one artist to another, Laura has pursued her love of paper; this steady pace of exploration has led her to become a member of many local and international collage groups. She also co-founded the Midwest Collage Society which exhibits throughout the Midwest region. Her works has won many awards and most recently the 27th Annual Juried Exhibit with the National Collage Society. Her work has been published in Watercolor Artist Magazine 2009, Creating Collage in all Dimensions 2010, Flavors for Mixed Media 2011, Painting in Mixed Media 2012. This Fall 2013, Laura's work can be seen in Incite, Dreams Realized and Mixed Media Artist, from North Light Books. Gallery presentation The Flying Pig in Algoma WI. Currently Laura teaches her techniques of collage at Naperville Art League and at Mayslake Peabody Estate. During the summer months you will find her creating in her studio, gardening and walking in the woods with her dogs but when she's not doing that you will see her exhibiting at local art fairs and teaching collage workshops throughout the Midwest.
Somerset Studio Jan/Feb 2016 Artist ProfileJan/Feb 2016 issue of Somerset Studio's has an nice article in the Artist Profile section of the Magazine Somerset Studio's Jan/Feb 2016
Cloth Paper Scissor July/August 2014 ArticleCPS Article PDF Download
Artist Process statementCreativity is a response Captured in the slightest moment Found paper repurposed Providing inspiration Compositional studies in a sketchbook Stand the test of time through circles of mystery Torn and cut edges deam the entrance of visual fragments Painting and drawing tools connect on the surface Commitment and passion fused with heat, willing secure the uncertainties Exploring, evolving, experimenting Reacting to it all.
Artist StatementBeginning with paper, some handmade from the plants in my back yard to the found papers in recycling bin, I sand, alter and manipulate the surfaces. Textures are formed by adding gesso, molding pastes and acrylics. My collage works are in a constant state of flux with each papermaking session. Exposed and always revealing I'm at the mercy of the raw torn papers edge. Visual and physical entries grow from the self-discovery, new compositions stem from the need to take a risk and explore. I am passionately stimulated by the natural flow of chaos that each piece starts with allowing me the opportunity to pretend to solve the mystery that presents itself to be explored.
Class and Workshop Comments and ReviewsThe thoughtfulness of instruction, the positive energy of the instructor, great workspace, you can even bring your dogs to Dillman's Deanna Persson
We were so informed, I learned so much, really this was the best class I have even taken. Loved the folder with step by step instructions, though a nap during the day would be nice. "Bette Reko"
Information was very thorough and easy to understand, learned lots. I have lots of materails to get more work done! Pam Jewel
Instruction was very clear, I took notes and your handout is very easy to follow also I appreciate that there was time for individual help too. Generous with ideas informal and fun, at the same time professional. "Mona Kahney"
Laura is talented and generous instructor, she creates a safe environment, excellent instruciton and so much inspiriation, the best workshop!! -Anonymous
As a designer, I have a lot to learn- and I learned a lot! Thank you for beign so generous with your supplies and knowledge. and for sharing your wonderful passion and energy. -Anonymous
Execellent and exhausting, 2 days next year, beautiful setting and great lunch, The Clearing, Door County, -Anonymous
The instructor was well organized, well prepared, kind and very informative. Sharon Z.
Laura is flexible, encouraging, share knowledge and experience, presents a marvelous workshop. Joan K.
Laura is amazing instructor she tells, shows and recaps perfectly. Holly S.
Laura is by far the best instructor, patient, helpful, throughly knowledgable and better prepared then any instructor I've encountered. Ginger S.
Thank you for generously sharing you art. I absolutely love it. Susan B.
I was so timid and scared to begin, but Laura is such a good teacher that I gained confidence as we went along. Sally
Lots crammed into 2 days and it worked because Laura was organized, and obvisouly would have liked more time..."Another Day" Lorrie A.
I really enjoyed learning the process it was much more involved than I expected.
Outstanding! Laura is some methodical and informative-what a fabulous teacher.
The workshop was fantastic! Our teacher was excellent! Not eveyrone who does art can teach but Laura is able to do both. She was able to get us plenty of time and give us indiviual time too! Would take another workshop with her.
Arizona Workshop November 2015
Outstanding, organzied, New(to me) info, fun, well paced, Worth every penny!-Mabel D.
Laura gave very clear instructions and demonstrations. Enjoyher teaching style. She is very knowledgeable and generous instructor.-Ann
I would have liked a big demo on Monday, and start our big collage the same day, I find it's hard to remember what you did cuz it was the day before. I felt you were very generous to share all your many tricks, tips, tools and even product. You give a lot of information so well worth the price paid for the workshop and more. I'm glad you gave us alot to do-I learned so many techniques. You have an energetic demeanor and inspire us to work hard. You're very humble although highly skilled and talented. Nic to meet one of the "bigs" and your not stuck in your ego!! You're also very dear communitcator articulate very good at explaining. I also like the way you always give steps in the order to do them in.-Paula S.J
Laura, I'm so happy you agreed to travel to Tucson to share your gift with us. It's was the best and hardest (you really made us work) vacation I've ever had. Thank you so much. I sincerly hope to take another workshop with you.-Chris B.
Thank you Laura, I'm so grateful to have met you and seen you "in action". You are a fantastic Task Master! I will, cherish the "piece of Pie" art piece I purchased. Thanks for sharing your wealth of knowledge. Peggy D.
Thanks for all of your generousity!-Carmen W.
I learned, and learned and learned! Thank you so much for your fresh ideas and friendly teaching style.
Thank you! Great Workshop-You are a generous and amazing instrutor!- Jo T.
Such a worthwhile workshop, Appreciate Laura's Williness to share all her ideas & tricks. -Joyce H.
Students will grow in what every style they use most and gain lots of experience in collage while expressing themselves. Karen S.
Laura is the most generous instructor, sharing her knowledge techniques, support, experiecne and feedback! You will learn so much and have ongoing help with the workbook you receive. Adele M.
The openness & organization & knowledge of the instructor. Mary Jo B.
Be prepared to work blind at at first....Julia S.
Be ready to work, exploe, play, have fun and enjoy trust the process. Nancy T.
Very good instructor, very organized, helpful-fun, Brenda W.
Be ready to learn and produce a lot, Nancy A.
Absolutely it was wonderful. One of the very best I've taken. Judy K.
Great experience for all levels, fun atmosphere adn great techniques, beautiful pieces. Jane S.
Handouts are beautiful. The best I've seen. Step by step it really helps for when we go home. Bette R.
Great teacher, light hearted spirit.