Acrylic on ply, 35 x 35cm
19 June 2013
17 June 2013
I painted a couple of new things over the past few days.
They both have a real winter feel with their colours. Clearly I am influenced by the colder weather we've been having lately.
Can't wait to be getting stuck into some more painting. I'm working on a series at the moment with the vision of adding some new pieces to my portfolio with Freshly Baked Gallery.
Acrylic on ply, 23.5 x 23.5cm
12 June 2013
Finished this baby last night. Not sure what to do with it now.....
Acrylic and watercolour on paper, approx 57 x 57cm
07 June 2013
If you’re an emerging or even an established creative you’ll know that finding work and having your work noticed in the creative industry is not a walk in the park. There are obstacles – lack of finances, people saying those dreaded words that imply that your work just isn’t suitable, times when plans end up falling through and times when your confidence is just in that dark zone.
Sydney based creative, Lauren Webster is all too familiar with these obstacles but she’s not willing to let that stop her and her artistic soul. Miss Webster is a jack of all trades working under the creative umbrella, Lauren and the Lost Boys. With experience in interior styling, fashion styling, design and the fine arts, she has a plethora of outlets and has essentially created a series of opportunities where her creative skills and passions can thrive. She knows that work isn’t going to come her way on its own so this little lady makes.shit.happen!
When she isn’t assisting fashion stylists or working on her own styling projects Lauren is in her Surry Hills studio painting beautifully feminine Egon Schiele inspired figures that ache to tell us their story and images that resemble great vintage t-shirt graphics.
At the moment she’s working on a body of work with the vision of an exhibition and being the winner she is, she took a bit of time out of her schedule to invite me into her studio space, where the magic happens and to answer a few questions about her journey and her passion.
I must say, you are a lady of many talents! You have experience in interior styling, fashion styling, design and the fine arts. Can you elaborate on these experiences? Well first and foremost I am an artist. My other creative outlets have been extensions of this in one way or another and a way to apply myself to some of my other loves. For instance I got into styling because I was interested in interiors and creating interactions between art and the rest of a space. My first gig was a short stint assisting Sibella Court, who’s work is an art form in itself so how could I not have been inspired! As fate had it I ended up working a lot more in fashion styling which suits me as I have always loved fashion and it just so happens to be something that has been informing my painting a lot lately. It’s all visual language and I try to let one feed from another as much as possible.
Which of your creative outlets resonates with you the most? This is without a doubt my art making. I love styling and get a real rush when I have a vision and things come together but it’s my art and everything that it encompasses which really takes me to that other place. My life is very much wrapped up in my art and vice vera so it’s impossible for it not to resonate.
Tell us about how and when you’re creative career began. Most of the decisions I have made from high school onwards have set me on this path so I guess it may have started as a kid... Aside from immersing myself in creativity as pure indulgence I was selected for the National Art School HSC Intensive Studio Practice Course, so that’s were I spent some of my last school holidays. Nerdy much? And then without a second thought I packed my bags for art school and studied at COFA graduating in 2008. I took a year off from my practice to undertake a traineeship at the MCA in 2009 but was back to it and had my first solo exhibition in 2010. I haven’t stopped since!
The creative industry is known for not being overly lucrative, especially when you are still trying to emerge and get your skills noticed. Has this ever had an impact on your choice to work within the industry? Do you ever question your decisions? I have always been well aware of the nature of this industry, I knew it was going to be tough but somehow, and perhaps a little blindly, I have never let this bother me. I have always just done my best to tackle that challenge head on. I am seeing more and more that for me the best way to approach things is to be willing to adapt to the creative environment, to what opportunities are available and also to create my own. Yes it can be hard at times but it can also be very rewarding, so no, I don’t question my decisions. If I get hungry I just convince myself that it’s totally rock and roll...
It’s not easy to always be “in the zone.” What keeps you motivated and inspired? Often it’s the act of working itself that really gets the ball rolling. If I’m not doing enough work I can definitely get out of the zone a little, so I’m slightly addicted to it. On the flip side though it’s really important for me to step out of the studio, hit the road, travel and shake up my headspace. There are so many things which can influence me from day to day, but art itself, reading, music and the poetry of lyrics are ever important to my ‘zone’.
Your paintings and drawings are deeply figurative and feminine. Tell us about the subjects you depict. Where does the inspiration for your pieces come from? I am so often drawn to the human figure. I think it’s that whole thing of a biological desire to observe the body and it’s beauty. It doesn’t get old, not for me anyway. To some extent it’s just innate. Sometimes the figures are self portraits or portraits of people I know, other times they are just characters upon whom I can apply my stories and ideas. I am working with a couple of themes at the moment, one of which is inspired directly by vintage T-shirts and Americana which I hunt down in vintage clothing stores on my travels. Oh and my own wardrobe harbors a modest collection which is all included too!
What is a typical day for you? Whether it be a day of styling or a day of art making. I am working predominantly on my art at the moment with intermittent styling gigs which pop up along the way. So on a typical day I get myself to the studio, completely lose myself in there and before you know it it’s dark outside. These days are bliss, exhausting but bliss. Other days I might flutter in and out a bit, do some painting, sit in the park and read, head out for lunch, check out some art and the day might just pass without a whole lot productivity. These days are also really important though. It might not be as measurable but I usually achieve a lot as far as where my heads at when I step back like this and I can feel it when I am working again the next day.
Are you always working towards a particular purpose or project? I do like to work this way. Goals and deadlines put a fire underneath us all I think. If at any one time there isn’t a particular project that I am directing my work towards then the purpose is simply the generation of new ideas, new methods and new and better work. That way, when the time is right I am ready to pounce! Earlier in the year I had a little down time which was the perfect opportunity to do just this. I set off down the coast on a solo adventure to find what it was I would work on for the next few months. This was as worthy a project as any without being what you might typically think of as a work trip. Lucky me I guess...
You are currently working on a beautiful collection of paintings. What’s on your mind when producing a body of work? What is your approach? I try to immerse myself in the themes and way of thinking of what I am working on as much as possible. My approach definitely doesn’t begin and end in the studio. I read up, watch films, peruse vintage stores and fashion references and listen to music which feels right and relates to the work. I really try to live it every day. This results in me being a little detached from reality at times, but I think I’m more than ok with this.
What advice would you give to any creative trying to emerge and get their work noticed? For starters, just work! Try to be as prolific as you can afford to be without going mad. Actually, scrap that, go mad if need be! Then don’t be afraid to seek out what you want and start asking for it. You will face many a closed a door so just keep knocking until one opens. Any rejections along the way are good for you, you wouldn’t benefit from being told that you’re killing it if your not so know this and use it.
And lastly, what does the future hold for Lauren and the Lost Boys? I have given up searching for the answer to this one myself as I think it might require a crystal ball... Following my most recent solo show SALTY. SAILOR. LOVER. late last year, I have been working as a permanent resident artist with Metalab, an amazing group of creatives. I know that these guys have some exciting projects in store, some of which might call out for a little Lost Boys touch so I’m looking forward to continuing our work (and play) together.
I’m really just riding the wave of my work at the moment and will have to wait and see where it lands me, so watch this space!
Like most creatives doin’ it fo’ themselves nowadays, Lauren knows that social media plays a huge role in her exposure as an artist and a stylist. That’s why you can find her on Instagram as @laurenlostboys, on Facebook as Lauren & The Lost Boys and you can peruse her work and inspiration by checking out her blog.
Photo credits go to Lauren and myself :)
Photo credits go to Lauren and myself :)
05 June 2013
21 May 2013
I just finished reading an interview that Desktop Magazine did with Melbourne based Designer/Artist Sean Hogan. Initally I was drawn to the interview because I saw Hogan's breathtaking work from 2008, Floyd Experiments.
Sean Hogan - Floyd Experiments, 2008
Hogan's work is an exploration "into form and visual language" and he creates thought provoking imagery whether it be for his artistic endeavours or for his clients through his design studio Trampoline.
It was interesting to read about his work as a whole - his background, how he got started, the challenges of learning his chosen profession at a time when technology was changing dramatically (the 90's).
One particular question grabbed my attention more than others - "
It got me thinking about design and art and why we separate them. Isn't an artist a designer? Isn't a designer an artist? Aren't we just all creatives? I am constantly posed with this question. Frequently, my drawings are described as illustrations. Isn't an illustrator someone who makes money from their work? This isn't always the case for me and I'm not always creating with a particular brief in mind. I used to think a designer was someone who was creating something for a particular purpose and an artist was someone who was creating work that was a more personal response to something but then isn't that for a particular purpose too? To make a depiction of what is seen through the artists eyes or as an emotional outlet. And didn't that artist "design" that artwork? I just don't know anymore. I feel like I'm going around in circles.
I admit, I'm lost.
SOMEONE, ENLIGHTEN ME.
Frank Ocean - Lost
A friend of mine brought this TED talk to my attention today and I must say, it made me feel extremely nervous at the end of it, in a good way.
If you are in your 20's like I am and you think you've got all the time in the world - it's not true - soz! Meg Jay is a clinical psychologist specialising in 20 somethings and talks about how our 20's are the defining period of ours lives and they should be spent adding value to the person that we are. We should be thinking long term at this stage and treating these years as the most important in our life when it comes to setting ourselves up for relationships, family and work.
Sounds like a lot of pressure right, but I found it hit extremely close to home from me and I really related to what she was saying. I have a huge sense of motivation right now!
14 May 2013
09 May 2013
03 May 2013
Tomorrow morning I'm going to get my first bit of AIR time.
The ambitious and admirable Kitiya Palaskas will be hosting her very virst radio segment, MADE MY HAND on Sydney's 2SER 107.3 fm. Every Saturday morning from 10 Kit will take over the airwaves and talk about all things handmade and will also be chatting to and showcasing the work of a guest creative.
For her first show I will be her guest!!!
I'm a bit nervous and super excited to be a part of this new exciting venture she has going on. It's going to be great.
Tune in tomorrow morning or stream it online :) Then afterwards we can all talk about my radio voice! YES.
15 April 2013
Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the Sahara Desert recently (unlikely) you will have noticed a shift in the types of food we are consuming, a shift in our approach to health and wellbeing through food, and a shift in the types of eateries that are shooting up all over the place. I can’t say exactly what or who has sparked this shift but we are genuinely thinking about how our food choices are affecting us and the planet we live on. If it says ‘organic’ or ‘free range’ somewhere in the name of our food it generally means we’re doing the right thing. Being conscious about where food comes from, how it is prepared, and how it affects our body, mind and soul has become somewhat of a fashion trend. There’s fancy organic cafe’s sprouting in grungy old buildings in unexciting industrial areas, there’s food trucks cruising around cities serving fresh and alluring meals in vacant car parks and then there’s the new breed who are ’ it ’ themselves and posting mouth-watering evidence of it on social media. Miss Brenda De La falls into this DIY category.
Brenda goes by the moniker One Hungry or if you are the I way inclined (likely) she’s known as @. If you know her you’ll know that she is many things! A mum, a wife, a nurse, a Peruvian spunk rat, and an insane multi tasker. Addicted to a good food related challenge, Brenda decided to send herself down the grassy path to veganism about 9 months ago.
Now.... I love a nice juicy Hungry Jacks Whopper from time to time (my mouth is watering just thinking about it) but the earthen combinations Brenda produce’s seriously get my tastebuds dancing. She makes zucchini spaghetti dishes, rolls, yummy fresh salad jars, quinoa stuffed tomatoes, the best looking desserts and smoothies, and her creations are filled with all the colours of the rainbow. ROYGBIV, eat ’ heart out.
(clockwise) Avocado Ice Cream Pops with Strawberry Sauce,
Quinoa and Sweet Potato Patties with Siracha Mayo and Salad,
Lime and Stawberry Mousse with Almond and Date Crumble,
Zucchini and Carrot Noodles with Spicy Coconut Curry Sauce.
I got the chance to ask the a few questions about her passion for food, the challenges of eating a plant based-diet and how her particular approach to food has impacted her mind, body and soul.
First of all, what is One Hungry all about?
Initially OHM started as a way of documenting my experience of adopting a plant based diet. It was only meant to be for 12 weeks but now, 9 months later, I’m still at it!
Apart from giving me better health, both physically and mentally, it has also awakened a passion for healthy food that I guess has always been there. My long term plan is to do some study in this area and I’m currently working on a web page that makes it easier to find the recipes. This may take a while as I’m computer challenged!
Where does your passion for food come from?
Being Latin American, I guess that passion for food is intrinsic. Peruvian food is delicious and is actually in the Guinness Book of World Records as being the most diverse. So I draw on my culture and my family for ongoing inspiration. As a child growing up in the jungle, I was lucky enough to always have different types of fresh produce available. I didn’t know what McDonald’s was until I came to Australia at 9 years of age. We always cooked everything we ate, and grew some of our own fruits and vegetables. We also had chickens, ducks and so, as far back as I can remember, I’ve always known that food is important and should be treated with respect. My fondest memory is sitting with my family around the brick oven, roasting plantains and eating them with freshly made peanut butter that we had ground up.
You seem to have an understanding of which produce combines well together. How do you gain your knowledge about fruit and vegetables?
I think it’s like with any passion. If you love it, it just comes naturally. Not being afraid to try new things helps and I’ve always been game. I think having been exposed to wonderful and weird cuisine has helped me not be afraid or hesitant. I mean, guinea pigs are a delicacy in Peru, so is eating flying ants! Yes, I have done those things. Of course, things are a bit different now since I’ve excluded all animal products, but I have the fundamentals and just about everything can be ‘’.
Do you find anything challenging about being vegan?
Eating out can be a challenge. The amount of times I’ve been out to a restaurant, even after asking if they do a vegan option, and they have sent me something sub standard is astonishing! How can you stuff up vegetables? Therefore I try to only frequent places that I know are good and are actually vegan friendly. There are some wonderful places in Sydney that do this really well. More often than not though, I prefer to prepare my meals so that I know exactly what goes into it. I also don’t eat gluten and prefer my food raw so I’m sure I’m a chef’s nightmare when I walk through the door!
How has having a plant-based diet impacted you?
It’s the best crazy idea I’ve ever had! Apart from providing me with a creative outlet, it has improved my health immensely. I have so much energy, I sleep better, my mind is still super busy but I don’t feel overwhelmed. Best of all, I’ve met some really cool like minded individuals through IG and FB who have been supportive and a constant source of inspiration. I am amazed at how big the community is and it makes me so happy that there is such a massive interest in healthy living. Regardless if you are strictly plant based or not, healthy, clean food is the way to go.
Below is Brenda’s own recipe for her Ice cream so you can make it at home for yourself!
Serves 1 (about 800mls)
1/3 cup frozen blueberries
2 frozen bananas
1/4 of a small beetroot, peeled
2 frozen bananas
1/3 cup frozen raspberries
2 frozen bananas
Blend each layer separately in a high speed blender, to ice cream consistency. Place each layer in a serving glass and serve.
Top with your fruit of choice. I used kiwi fruit.
I have to say, the beetroot layer was my favourite!
To know more about Brenda’s journey head to her blog, where you’ll also find a bunch of green and fruity recipes. SCORE!!
12 April 2013
29 March 2013
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