Female Design Council Spotlight: Erin Lorek

Continuing with our celebration of Women’s History Month alongside the Female Design Council (FDC), today we’re highlighting Brooklyn-based lighting designer Erin Lorek. With a degree in theatrical lighting design from West Chester University and experiences as a designer, gaffer and rigger in the NYC live entertainment industry, Erin founded her studio LOREKFORM where she explores and experiments with the nature of light through materiality and form. Erin collaborates with artists and makers across the country to bring her lighting designs to life. She views light almost like an animate object, one that can “come to life to dance, or even play.” Using various organic yet reflective textures and surfaces, she creates fixtures that look like art sculptures or installations. Each design and collection goes beyond the basic function of illuminating a space; they highlight the different ways light can affect the space it’s in.

Beacon Pendant; mesh texture in daylight

Installation of Beacons; various textures and accessories \ Photo by @bartblonski.

3x installation of Surround Pendants; filter, jersey and mesh textures \ Photo by @andreafremiotti.

Surround Pendants in their tilt and drop position \ Photo by @andreafremiotti.

Surround Pendant; mesh texture in the drop position

Surround Pendant detail; mesh texture

Iron tool getting ready for glass casting; iron texture

Sketch in Situ of 6x Surround Pendants in the Six Gallery by Quincoces-drago & Partners. \ “Early on in my career I was on the path to becoming an illustrator but I haven’t drawn seriously for about 15 years. During the pandemic I took time to find joy in this practice again. This side project, Sketches in Situ, lets me stretch those illustrator wings while also fantasizing about what my work would look like paired with others.” \ Original photo by @quincocesdrago.

Erin Lorek

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