Introducing Fawn Klein

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This week, we will be taking some time to introduce the newest member of ABR Print, Fawn Klein.

Q. How long have you worked at ABR?

A. I just started at the beginning of July

Q. What do you do?

A. I’m a graphic and print artist

Q. What is your favorite aspect of your job?

A. I have a great opportunity to not only create art, but also to apply the artwork to the job and the medium.

 

Q. How did you become interested in art?

A. I’ve been enthralled with art from birth, my grandmother especially nurtured my creativity and gobbled up every last whittle or doodle that I created.

Q. Do you have an instance when you realized you wanted to do something creative as a career?

A. When I was little I wanted to be a marine biologist because crazy stuff like cuttlefish exist… But with art and career goals, my high school teacher Janet Johnson saw a technical drawing of mine and said, “Why aren’t you in my class?” she had a class called Advertising Design and Graphic Arts. I shrugged, she scoffed, and proceeded to write out a class transfer sheet. Once I was in her class she really helped me figure out how to channel my creativity into a career.

Q. What most influences how/what you create?

A. How I create tends to be influenced by my mood, but I think that’s any artist. What I create is influenced by everyday life and nature and my mind…like finding the beauty in the mundane.

Q. How would you describe your personal style?

A. My artistic style is best described as never taking itself too seriously. There’s beauty in simplicity.

Q. What is your favorite medium?

A. Pen and ink is my go to but the medium I have the most fun with is chalk or pastels. It’s nostalgic.

At ABR I still use pen and ink in pre-production if I’m designing something for a client and I enjoy that aspect of the work.

Q. Do you have an artistic/creative process? If so, what is it?

A. A lot of artists are afraid to admit it but we all do this to some degree…When I get a “from scratch” project, I look at what’s already out there…what’s been done before? It’s easier to think outside of the box when you know what the box looks like. Once I’ve seen what has come before me, I like to listen to music and physically write down ideas or draw them etc.

Q. Why do you feel the arts are important?

A. If I hadn’t had art in school, I wouldn’t have shown up. It’s just that simple. And in my home town, the kids who skipped school every day either became addicts or killed themselves… if that says anything.

Q. What would you say to young artists?

A. I’d tell them to try everything. Every artist has a medium that just clicks and it becomes an extension of themselves, try all of them. Also in doing that, you (as a young artist who might not know their style or voice yet) will find that your voice is the same in every medium. It’s an amazing way to discover your “self” as an artist.

Q. What would you say to college aged artists pursuing a career in the arts?

A. To them I would advise that you never under any circumstances ask what a person thinks of your work or if they “like” it. If you need a critique (and trust me you always need a critique) ask, “What is wrong with this?” or a variation of that question. You need to know what has to be improved upon, not another compliment to pad your privileged ego. That’s the only way to grow as an artist.

 

Q. How did you decide to be in graphic design/work at ABR?

A. ABR was suggested to me after an extensive search for similar jobs in Bloomington.

Q.  What appealed to you about graphic design?

A. Graphic design is very much a career that allows you many field placement options. Branding, advertising, marketing, print, web, digital painting, game design, catalog work, publication design, garment design… This career has so many applications.

Q. What are the misconceptions of graphic design?

A. Imagine every day saying, “So you do like photoshop and stuff right?” when you try to tell them what you do for a living.

Q. How important is graphic design to businesses?

A. I’d say it will make or break a business. Branding strategy and marketing drive word of mouth and if your word of mouth is shitty…good luck staying afloat on walk-ins.

Q. What do you think people interested in graphic design as a career should be aware of?

A. It’s very easy to spread yourself too thin. If you take on too much and fail because of that, you look horrible. Lean on the community of artists around you when you have to. There isn’t enough comradery in the art industry. Learn when to say “my word is bond and I can’t give you my word on this project but I can refer you to someone who can”

Q. What did you have to learn on your own about the industry?

A. Keep up and stay sharp, otherwise you’ll be quickly replaced. Adapting is the greatest skill any artist can have who wants to make money from their work.

Q. What did you know going in?

A. I knew that natural talent wasn’t enough. I knew I had to hone my skills and master new ones.

Q. What is your favorite aspect of graphic design work?

A. You never know what you’ll be doing from one day to the next.

Q. What is the worst?

A. You never know what you’ll be doing from one day to the next.

Make sure to call ABR Print and let the talented team at ABR Print help you create the perfect design for your company.

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