Lauren Austin has been designing and making quilts for over 30 years. Prior to turning to art and art education full time, Lauren worked as a US diplomat in Latin America, as a human rights and civil rights lawyer and as a legal writing professor at Syracuse University School of Law. Lauren was the Community Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, until 2009. She then lived in China for 5 years, working on quilts, learning Chinese and providing art demonstrations and workshops to area community groups and schools before returning to the Houston area and then Michigan. Now, she is happy to be back in sunny Orlando, Florida.