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Laura Pressler is an artist/designer currently attending FIT for a Master of Arts in Exhibition and Experience Design.
She is most interested in immersive storytelling and design experimentation. She enjoys hands-on work as well as creative idea-generating. She loves a challenge and jumps at any opportunity to explore a new idea or learn a new skill. Thriving most when she’s creating meaningful work, Laura is eager to make an impact in the world of design.
Laura has a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Design from Lehigh University. During her time there, she was the scenic designer for multiple theatre productions, including “The Bald Soprano” and “The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged)”. She also worked as a scenic artist/builder, which entailed painting, prop work, and set building for multiple productions.
In 2016, she was awarded the Lehigh University Strohl Grant for the opportunity to travel to Singapore and assist with designing “The Shape of a Bird”, a professional production that premiered at the M1 Singapore International Festival in 2016. That same year, she was awarded the Lehigh University Williams prize for Achievements in Scenic Design. Other than design, writing is another one of Laura’s favorite passions. She minored in English at Lehigh University with a focus on creative writing. In 2015 and 2016, she was awarded the Lehigh University Williams prize for Poetry.
After her time at Lehigh University, she worked as a visual merchandiser for Mattel. Specifically working for the American Girl branch, she learned how to create dynamic merchandising and window displays that were representative of the brand. More recently, she was an artist for a decorative painting company, where she created venetian plaster work for places all over the world, including multiple Chanel stores. Over the years, she’s continued to work on and off as a scenic artist and builder for multiple theatre productions, including “Wickedest Woman” and Sasha Velour’s “Nightgowns”.
During her current studies in graduate school, she was awarded the EDPA Promising Student Award in 2019 for her trade show booth concept, “GIVING!”. Sponsored by NY Cares, this design was based around the idea of inspiring donations in real time for different volunteer events around New York City. It was Laura’s goal that people would feel even one small gesture could make a big impact. Laura aspires to make a positive difference in the world, a trait that drives a lot of her design motivations.
Where in the world would you like to work?
New York, NY
Who is your favorite designer ever? And what one question would you ask them?
All of my graduate classmates! "How does this look?" (a question asked on a regular basis)
View Laura Pressler's portfolio on Behance.
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