Lauren contacted me after seeing my Miss FQ interview, she told me that she was an artist who’d love to be featured on www.gracegeorgia.co.nz – and once she sent me a link to her Instagram and I saw her gorgeous work, I was more than happy to oblige – I was, in fact, privileged to be asked.
In this interview, we ask Lauren about her inspirations, aspirations and her dream collaborations.
Where do you find inspiration for your prints?
I find inspiration from experimenting with different mediums. The pattern in my ‘Real not Perfect’ print is made with ink and potatoes. Other prints include photography, fine tip drawings and water-colour illustrations. Experimenting opens doors for more inspired ideas which then lead on to more ideas and so on. The way the words work also inspires the way the print looks.
Experimenting opens doors for more inspired ideas which then lead on to more ideas and so on. The way the words work also inspires the way the print looks.
With hand lettering, each letter has a relationship with the letter next to it. This gives the word a unique shape and look. To answer this question on a deeper level, the ultimate source of inspiration for my art has always been and always will be my faith.
What motivated you to begin creating prints
Recently I have become motivated by the mental wellbeing of others. Positive thinking is powerful and to put it bluntly thoughts can create either life or death. Our generation has a large number of young people struggling with mental health issues. With negative messages coming from the news, social media, peer pressures etc. it’s no wonder people are struggling with anxiety and depression. A simple art print may not be much but I believe the message they carry can shift mindsets.
I hope the prints I create, provoke uplifting thoughts and serve as a source of inspiration for those who purchase them.
What artist would you most like to collaborate with?
I love the way art types can overlap and interact. For this reason, I think I would like to collaborate with artists who work in a different medium of art than I do: such as textiles or fashion. It would also be an honour to do lettering for an issue of a magazine such as Miss FQ.
There are a number of local shops that bleed creativity such as Flo & Frankie and Iko Iko. It would be awesome to work alongside them in some way or have my art pieces stocked by them. Let’s just say I have a lot of dreams, too many to list in one paragraph.