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Art & Life with Traci Larson

Today we’d like to introduce you to Traci Larson.

Traci, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
I’ve always loved design, even before I knew what a graphic designer was. I was the child who loved the box as much (or more) than the toy inside. I am endlessly curious and love learning new skills and crafts.

I earned my bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts: Graphic Design from Otis College of Art and Design. While I was a student at Otis, I discovered my passion for printmaking. I worked as a tech in the school’s Letterpress Print Lab. I worked in design studios around LA for the first eight years of my career. Then I branched off on my own in Fall of 2014 and adopted the name Visual Issues for my design practice.

In addition to working with clients for design work, I also create self-initiated projects and have recently concluded a three-year project that began with the simple goal of creating a piece of analog art every day – drawing, painting, collage, etc. I shared those on my Instagram with the hashtag #dailydoodle for all of 2016, 17 and 18. Some of those image making experiments have gone on to become surface designs for products like clothing, scarves, espadrilles, stationery and more.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I make art in many mediums – embroidery, ceramics, collage, painting, drawing, knitting, sewing, printmaking. The work varies depending on the capabilities of the medium, but experimentation is a unifying factor. I am all about expanding possibilities, asking questions, and exposing the joy of the process.

Formally, I tend to always come back to abstract and geometric shapes and bold colors.

My work as a designer tends to be primarily computer-based, so often my artwork goes deeply analog as a reaction to that. I like to split the difference between both. I acquired a risograph printer this past year, and I feel like that medium is great at combining the best of both worlds.

Do you think conditions are generally improving for artists? What more can cities and communities do to improve conditions for artists?
I am grateful to have a career that allows me to be creative daily, even when I am not working on my self-initiated projects.

I’m not sure how wide of a time frame you’re asking about. I feel that compared to 100 years ago, more people who make art in 2019 are able to share their work and find audiences with whom it resonates. I love how shared interests can unite people around the world.

But there is a housing crisis in Los Angeles and it is difficult to be an artist here because of the constant grind required just to stay afloat.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Artwork and other originals can be purchased on my site:
https://visualissues.design/shop
People can follow me on instagram: instagram: @treysea @visualissues
Or sign up to hear about my new venture, coming soon: http://designfun.today/

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Image Credit:
Miriam Brummel (portrait)

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