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 and have been many things: a printmaker, arborist, model, project and business manager, farmer, adventurer, strategist, consultant, and partner. I'm an IBM-trained facilitator, I've served two terms as the Design for Good Director for AIGA-ATL, and I'm also a co-author of the Path to Impact—a five-step methodology for sustainable socially responsible design. I love exploring human relationships throughout the various aspects of identity to uncover essential human truths and foster empathy for building inclusive community.
My practice centers on a key philosophy: The unexamined life is not worth living. I believe in the power of design thinking to solve complicated human problems with empathy and I craft this impression throughout my work in the world while surrounding myself with those who also believe we have the collective power to make a difference.
My intentions are to solve problems, prevent unintended consequences, explore human potential, examine identity, and create life-affirming design. I am inspired by masters of their craft, the power of each moment, and the kindness I’ve 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. I have a degree in Marketing and have spent the past 20+ years as a strategist, graphic designer, web developer, tech support, event planner, writer, editor, trainer, photographer, and artist. I’ve been running my own operation since 2005, but I’ve always had a collaborative business model.
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 the magic happens—particularly with creative projects. That’s what I do here at lenspeace. I help manage the day-to-day operations, production design and project management. My magic is focusing on the details that keep things flowing.
I love paper—especially making things with it. I’m also a Japanophile. That beautiful country is my happy place on the planet.
I'm a working filmmaker in film, TV and beyond as a non-union writer, director, and cinematographer.
I'm also a proud member of IATSE Local 600 as a First Assistant Cameraman.
I've worked as crew on tv shows. I've also shot commercial and industrial content for companies like Coca-Cola, Home Depot, and the Georgia Aquarium, produced the nationally broadcasted PBS TV special called Edgar Allan Poe’s Mystery Theater, and am the cinematographer of two independent features; Dickball and Star Trek: The First Frontier.
I'm well acquainted with working on location and in studios; writing, producing and shooting projects that have hard deadlines and tough challenges. I've shot on green screen stages, in helicopters, in caves and everywhere in between with almost every permutation of equipment conceivable.
I'm not that interesting. I'm just a standard-issue white guy.
I'm a writer and compulsive list maker. I construct sentences for sport, and being able to think strategically is just an added bonus. I’m also co-producer of Atlanta’s intersectional lit community Bleux Stockings Society.
My strength lies in being able to identify target markets and use the right tone to best communicate client objectives. Finding human truths and making them palatable is kinda my thing.
I have a 21st century skill set. Working in the retail, entertainment and fashion industries for years has afforded me a unique perspective. I understand how creativity, technology and communication can be utilized from any side.
As a senior copywriter and brand strategist, I bring all the pieces together to give lenspeace the competitive edge it needs to compete in this fast-paced world.
As an early adopter and curator of content, I keep my fingers on the pulse of what is current across all mediums so I can have access to what's next.
I'm making cool stuff anyway, why not let me do it for your project?
Being curious makes me creative. Being insightful makes me effective. But knowing the difference makes me indispensable.