Hey, how are you?
Hey! I’m doing well thanks. Much better now things are starting to feel (cringing at myself as I say this) a little more ‘normal’. Truthfully, I’ve also been feeling very uninspired creatively over the past 6 months or so, but that seems to finally be lifting, which is nice.
Can you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
My name is Lauren and I am a 23 year old freelance Graphic Designer currently living in Bristol, UK. I was born in the seaside town of Weston-super-Mare but sort of always knew I needed to be somewhere more exciting. Throughout my time at college I struggled to find a subject that allowed me to incorporate everything creative that I loved doing. I wanted to do it all together at once, which is where my inevitable love for Graphic Design begun. Staying close to the coast, I graduated from Brighton University in Communication Design last year and have been working on various client and personal projects since. I also sell a limited amount of prints through my website.
How would you describe your style of work?
Well, for starters I would probably describe myself as more of a visual artist than a graphic designer in its more ‘traditional’ sense. I work primarily as a digital collage artist part story-teller, obsessively scanning archives of old photographs, postcards and advertisements, and creating surrealistic scenes heavily influenced by Sixties and Seventies culture. I have a huge appreciation for the charming graininess and quality of the resources I use to make my collages, they symbolise a time where technology was very limited and things were slightly more simple. The themes I am likely to explore through my work are social issues that particularly resonate with me, but were also prevalent during the eras I find most of my inspiration from. Women’s rights, climate change, media consumption and the male gaze, just to name a few. Due to the abstract and surreal nature of my work, the messages are subtle and it’s likely only I would ever know the agenda behind them - but it’s often there nonetheless. I also specialise in diverse advertising, branding and visual identities, particularly focused towards the music industry but open to all sorts of creative endeavours.
What inspires your work?
I’m mostly inspired by the music I listen to, predominantly music from the 1960s and 1970s, Folk, Americana, Rock. I draw the majority of my influence from the songwriting happening at that time in particular, it’s unmatched and overly relevant still. I try to envision what particular parts of the songs may look like as a landscape scene or just an abstract vision, as if it were a snapshot to the music video. I also tend to find inspiration from films that I've seen, taking little references I like and creating a small world out of them. A lot of my work often also communicates a message of escapism, which I think began unintentionally. I started creating collages during the first lockdown purely out of complete boredom, which I think inevitably caused me to start creating work that harboured themes of longing to be elsewhere.
What would be your dream project to work on?
A dream project of mine would be to one day brand my own little business in Brighton, a small coffee shop selling vintage clothing and vinyl (you’d think that would already exist in famously the most hipster place in the UK but apparently not). The same way I love collecting old photographs, I really love collecting old clothes and music too, and to turn that process in to a job would be a genuine dream.
Who should we be following on instagram?
Some really great artists making collage cool again:
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