Loren Marks

FINE ARTS GRADUATE   “Critiques that required me to explain my ideas and work with different people really set me up for my career. It gave me the confidence to sell my products, designs and ideas,” says BFA graduate Loren Marks. And sell her ideas she has through a textile design and manufacturing business, Penney + Bennett, she has set up with fellow Whitecliffe graduate Sarah Carson. “We design, manufacture and sell textile products to boutique retailers in New Zealand, internationally and online. I work on the business full time while also doing part-time art and design projects for a number of clients.” explains Loren. Loren says her ability to generate contemporary art and design in new and innovative ways has been enhanced through study of traditional art making methods, art history and research at Whitecliffe. Business studies was another topic she valued at Whitecliffe because it gave her an idea of how to run a creative business. “That kind of basic understanding of business is essential to any creative practice.”

Loren Marks