"It has been a pleasure meeting Lauren and seeing her creative vision come to life. She approached Yr Ysgwrn, the historic farmhouse – home of the poet Hedd Wydd, with ideas of re-creating a dress worn by Hedd Wyn’s sister, Mary, in a family portrait taken in 1912. The dress would be hand-sewn in order to replicate the process of sewing your own clothes – something that people of the era would possibly have done and possibly even Mary. Lauren’s dress would also feature this photograph, other family photographs from the last 100 years and family letters all using sublimation.
Lauren brought along another dress she had created and also detailed fashion drawings of her ideas. Her ideas were professionally presented and her enthusiasm for costumes and history of the era was infectious.
The revealing of the completed garment coincided with a party to celebrate Hedd Wyn’s nephew, Gerald Williams – the last custodian of Yr Ysgwrn, being awarded the prestigious First Minster of Wales’ St David’s Award. Geralds family, friends and Snowdonia National Park staff were present and it was very fitting that this dress was worn by Lauren during the afternoon and provided quite a talking point. Hedd Wyn’s niece was one of the guests and she was pleasantly surprised to see a family portrait featuring herself on Lauren’s dress!
Lauren has many original and creative ideas – combining history, tradition and story-telling together in a piece of wearable art. She has a talent for bringing stories to life in a thought-provoking way and I wish her every success with her future career."
EMMA METCALFE - YR YSGWRN AUDIENCE DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
Great girl with a fantastic eye for design and the ability to turn everyday things into high fashion, did a shoot with one of the dresses she made and we have more planned in the future, can't wait to see what she comes up with next!
I have worked with lauren on my shoot with Kitty Von Crypt and I must say she is a talented Designer and also has a fantastic imagination she is also a pleasure to work with and I hope to collaborate with her again soon.
I've done two shoots for Lauren, modelling four garments and loved every second of it! she's an amazing girl with incredible talent. she has the ability to turn pretty much any old rubbish into something beautiful. her ideas are certainly abit wacky, but certainly make for an interesting photo!
KITTY VON CRYPT
I worked with LNER design yesterday, Lauren is very professional, has great designs and hand picks fantastic models to show off her work, we had a great productive and fun days shoot, thanks to all involved. I look forward to working with LNER design soon. highly recommend.
Great to work with Lauren the other day. Was professional and made me feel super comfortable. Her designs are so so cool as would gladly model for her again!
Lauren has a fab attitude and personality. I got to the shoot and was welcomed by a beaming smile. She made me feel very comfortable and was very organised. Her designs are quirky and very cool. I would be happy to work with her again and would definitely recommend her.