About Lauren {LAC} James

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I love celebrating with people. The joy in this work is that people are excited about the moments I am helping them announce or celebrate: holidays, birthdays, new babies, new businesses, new homes, retirement, weddings, etc. How could I not enjoy this?

A little about me: I grew up on the SC coast where my parents still live. I moved to the upstate to attend Clemson University where I majored in Graphic Communications and then changed my mind to Language and International Trade and then changed my mind again and eventually earned a degree in Communications and Advertising. I have worked in small business, non-profit and international manufacturing, and have loved aspects and learned valuable lessons in all of my experiences. The Olive Shoe has grown piece by piece, and one day I hope to make it a full time gig!

An Anderson transplant, I grew up in Myrtle Beach, SC  and moved to the upstate to attend Clemson University. With the exception of a couple of college summers and about a year-and-a-half stint, I have been an SC Upstate girl ever since. My ‘day job’ is currently titled: Sr. Designer and Team Leader for Product Graphics at Techtronic Industries Power Equipment (TTi) in the Technical Publications Department, a division of Torque Creative – TTis award winning in-house advertising agency.

I have always been passionate about art and design, beginning by painting with watercolor and drawing with pastels in early childhood, pursuing my blossoming interest in graphic design as early as middle and high school on serving both newspaper and yearbook staffs and freelancing for several local business owners. Having worked in service industry, non-profit, small business, and corporate environments, I have acquired a wide range of professional experiences in communications, graphic and fine arts media, advertising, and social media.

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A self-proclaimed “creativity crusader”, I honestly believe everyone has the ability to be creative. I myself dabble in acrylic and watercolor painting, graphic design, photography, and crafting. I also love the Lord, serving at [ FUSE ] at NewSpring Church and volunteering in my local community through the Junior League of Anderson County. No “About Me” section would be complete without also mentioning my love for hostessing, cheering on my Clemson tigers, and getting into DIY projects at home.

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Skills and specialties: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Social Media, Microsoft Office, Organizational & Interpersonal Communication, Event Planning, Public Relations, Photography, Branding & Publication Design

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