Lori Gann-Smith

Tel. +1 615 310 3910

I am an Artist, Costume Designer, and Fashion Designer. Combining textiles, unconventional materials and printmaking techniques--that's my thing. I enjoy a practice that blurs the line between fine art and craft.

I have taught everything from 2-D and 3-D Design to Experimental Design, to The Creative Mind to Fashion Collection.  I love it all.  I especially love introducing students to screenprinting and other printmaking and surface design techniques on fabric.

Working alone in my studio is my passion, but working in the theatre is a different kind of joy--I enjoy the collaboration that making a successful theatrical production requires. Helping a director bring his/her vision to life on the stage is one of my favorite challenges.

My inspiration for making work is rooted in carrying on the traditions of the groundbreaking feminist textile artists and female designers who blazed the trail through the art world for work like mine which is as likely to be wearable or utilitarian as not. I also celebrate the craft of thread and fabric practiced more out of necessity than choice by my many female ancestors.  Their work, however humble, shone with creativity and vision and I honor them through my work whether it be for stage, screen, runway or gallery.

I am a proponent of Slow Cloth as well as the DIY maker movement and enjoy helping others discover their love for making.