Through this space, we attempt to shine a light on what it means to be humans being. We love our work, each other, and making this world just a little bit better. We utilize all methods of communication arts including vintage printmaking and handcrafted branding. The print studio features two vintage presses: a Kluge 12x18 production letterpress, named Fly, and a Vandercook SP-15 proofing press, named Victory. We play with paper, ink, paint, and empathetic ideas to craft communications supporting the environment and a shared humanity. Lennie is the press pusher, but our partners and collaborators play with designing sets, sounds, words, film, code, and paint to bring you a spectrum of creative ideas.
**photo credit: nick burchell photography
I am not your traditional designer. I didn’t go to a classic design school, but instead learned the trade from traditional design craft, letterpress. I didn’t follow the normal career path but instead designed my career grounded in a wealth of life experience. I have worked from community to corporate and worn many labels: queer, non-binary, femme, artist, printmaker, model, designer, strategist, photographer, partner, arborist, adventurer, cyclist, climber, public speaker, activist, disruptor, humanitarian, hopeful, optimistic, facilitator, leader… all of which can all be distilled into three magic words, MAGICALLY DISGRUNTLED MANIFESTOR.
I don’t just break rules, I redefine them. My award-winning design career was born out of one inescapable truth, the world is poorly designed. From our social systems to our methods of production, everything we create is founded on models of competition over cooperation and exploitation for profit, with a status quo that was intentionally constructed to keep certain groups of humans from achieving their true potential to preserve outdated monoliths to power and influence. My design practice is about changing these processes for the greater good.
My design philosophy is born from the wisdom of Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” I believe that when we look through the proper lens all human problems can be solved, and all human suffering can be relieved. I believe in the power of design to be used as a methodology for social healing and reconciliation of even our deepest wounds.
I am the co-author of The Path to Impact, a 5-step methodology created to serve AIGA, the professional association for design, to help the national design community become more impactful within their local communities. My intentions are to hold space for hard conversations, solve complex problems, and demonstrate the power of design to create a better world for everyone. I am inspired by the power of each moment, the abundance of love, and the kindness to be found in strangers.
Principle & Creative Director, 2009-Present
Impact strategy, purpose-based brand, identity design, letterpress, design, print, & sustainable packaging
Good Thinking Atlanta
Designer & Strategist
Freelance Project Manager & Event Organizer, 2003-2009
organized teaching materials and events for the health and wellness industry around the world.
AIGA Atlanta Design For Good Director, 2018-present
Implementation of The Path to Impact at the chapter level to develop a case-study for AIGA chapter leadership around the country.
AIGA National Design For Good Task Force, 2015-2019
Strategist & Co-author of The Path to Impact
AIGA National Diversity & Inclusion Task Force, 2014-2016
Strategy & communications
AIGA Atlanta Affinity Programming Director, 2014-2016
Program development for The Living Principles, Design For Good, D&I, and Women Lead
Printing And Imaging Association Of Ga, Best of Category
Digital Booklet, 2012 & 2016
Digital Poster, 2011 & 2014
Top Gold Award Digital Print, 2012
Digital Postcard, 2011
Printing And Imaging Association Of America
Certificate of Merit Soft Cover Book, 2012
IBM— F.ACT Training
Design Thinking Facilitator Training
HATCH— Artists Working with Community
4-Month Artist Residency for Asset-Based Community Development, Workshop Facilitation, Connecting Artists and Community to Business and Government.
Human Centered Design For Social Innovation, 2014
Social Entrepreneurship, 2016
In The Name of Identity: Violence and the Need to Belong, 2016
Atlanta Printmakers Studio, 2010
Berwyn Hung, 2010
Henry & Co, 2010
Certificate in Graphic Design for Print, 2009
Responsible Designers to Watch
cover image and editorial - GDUSA, 2017
Leading Lady: Lennie Gray Mowris
C4 Atlanta, 2017
Atlanta Artist Lennie Mowris on Printmaking and Giving Back
by Sophia Jactel - Lookbook Atlanta, 2016
WonderRoot Artist Feature: Lennie Gray Mowris
The WonderRoot Podcast Series, 2016
The Brands of Lennie Gray Mowris: A night inside the Atlanta design studio Lenspeace with ink, art, and whiskey
by Jerad Alexander - Medium, 2015
Lennie Mowris' Letterpress Love Artist's Year in Giving campaign partners with community organizations to get conversations going
by Naya Clark - Creative Loafing, 2015
#011 – Lennie Mowris Making is Designing, and Design is Branding, Do it Will.
with Nathan Koskovich, Architecture and Design Center, 2014
Tips For Breaking Sexist Bias
AIGA Chattanooga, 2018
AIGA Seattle, 2018
Sir Lady Gray & Lenspeace
Georgia State Student Design Conference, 2018
Epicenter: Think Tank, 2018
Breaking Bias: Privilege Walk
Modern Species: Seattle, 2018
Path To Impact Facilitation
AIGA Design For Democracy/NEA Initiative with CPACS, 2018
AIGA National Leadership Conference, 2018
AIGA Atlanta Board, 2018
Epicenter: Think Tank, 2018
Design + Diversity Conference, 2018
MODA (Museum of Design Atlanta)
Text Me Exhibit Tour Guide
Curated by Debbie Millman, 2017-2018
Bleux Stockings, 2017
Naked City, multiple times
2015 — A Year In Giving
Letterpress poster project combining brand awareness, community organizing and fine art to raise over $25k to benefit 12 local NPO's throughout Metro-Atlanta.
I work my magic behind-the-scenes because wrangling a unicorn full of creative ideas is hard work. I have a degree in Marketing and have spent the past 23+ years as a strategist, graphic designer, web developer, tech support, event planner, writer, editor, trainer, photographer, pet-sitter, furniture builder, costume designer, dancer, and artist. I’ve been running my own operation since 2005, but I’ve always had a collaborative business model. Now my main focus is on making a positive impact on the world around me through lenspeace.
My career, thus far, has taught me that I like to help and that I like details. Not every detail, but I like organizing and strategizing about how things actually happen—particularly with creative projects. That’s what I do here at lenspeace. I manage the day-to-day operations, production design, website maintenance, and project management. I focus on the details that keep things flowing.
I love paper—especially making things with it. I’m a Japanophile. That beautiful country is my happy place on the planet. I'm also hardcore SNL A.R.M.Y. For anyone who knows what that means, borahae!!