By Lauren BeemerFor more than a decade, the Bauhaus Institute of Design at the University of Texas at Austin has been producing high-end design collections.
But this summer, the institute is launching its newest collection, a stunning set of prints inspired by the architect Frank Lloyd Wright.
It’s not just the prints themselves, either.
A curated collection of designs by Bauhus graphic designer Lauren Beamer is just one part of the institute’s ambitious plan to make graphic design and design-making more accessible to everyone, especially people of color.
Bauhus, which means “heavenly hands,” is an acronym for “Blue-Hearted Hand,” an ancient German word for a white-robed deity.
The word Bauhus means “gift” or “promise” in Latin.
Beamer says she wanted to capture the idea of a white hand holding a white card.
The cards are made with materials like bamboo, ivory, cotton, and leather, all of which are traditionally used to create traditional Chinese art and literature.
She wanted to create the perfect material for a design that would appeal to people of all cultures, she says.
“It was really hard to create a graphic that was so contemporary and modern, but still so elegant,” she says of the designs.
“The best part of this whole project is that it really captured the spirit of the original designs, because there is no such thing as a timeless design.”
The designs are available now on Bauhuis website.
Barely six years after Bauhouis first graphic design exhibition in Austin, Beamer’s collection is on display at the Institute of Fine Arts in Dallas, where she teaches courses on graphic design.
Bouquets of flowers and watercolors were also included in the collection.
“When you create something, you have to remember that it is your first thing in life and that it’s going to have a life of its own,” Beamer says.
“I think it’s important to remember to always remember that the best thing is to create something that you are proud of, and then make it something that people can look back on and be proud of.”