10 questions with Lauren Rogers!

Say hello to the lovely Lauren Rogers! The artist behind our next artist collaboration launching Tuesday 21st May, we asked Lauren 10 questions to get to know her a little better...

What is your earliest artistic memory? Was being creative a big part of your childhood?
My earliest artistic memory is from kindergarten, standing at the art easel, surrounded by colourful paints and brushes. I would spend hours creating vibrant paintings and drawings, letting my imagination run wild. Being creative was a big part of my childhood, as I was always encouraged to express myself through art!

How did your art career begin, and how did you develop your style?
My art career began technically in 2020, at the start of covid, when we were in lockdowns. It was a great time to reinvigorate my art and was also a soul-saver through uncertain and difficult times, after a while, I started selling my paintings at local markets and art fairs. As I continued to experiment with different techniques and mediums, I gradually developed my unique style. I was drawn to bold colours, intricate patterns, and storytelling. It was through constant exploration and practice that my style evolved into what it is today.

Where do you find inspiration?
I find inspiration in the world around me - nature, culture, and the stories of my Ancestors. The vibrant landscapes around Country and of my Ngarabal and Torres Strait Islander heritage influence my work, as well as the experiences and emotions I encounter in my daily life. I also draw inspiration from other artists, both contemporary and historical, who have pushed boundaries and created meaningful art.

What is your favourite art museum or gallery in the world?
It's hard to pick just one favourite, but if I had to choose, I would say the QLD Gallery of Modern Art. The diverse range of artwork and the innovative exhibitions always leave me feeling inspired and amazed. It's a place where I can immerse myself in the world of contemporary art and discover new perspectives.

Do you have a dream project that you’d love to accomplish or be a part of?
My dream project would be to write and self-illustrate children's books that share the vibrant culture of my Indigenous community. Through storytelling and colourful illustrations, I would introduce young readers to the traditions, values, and wisdom passed down through generations. This book would serve as a bridge between cultures, fostering understanding, appreciation, and respect for Indigenous heritage while inspiring a sense of pride and belonging among Indigenous children. It would be a celebration of diversity, promoting cultural exchange and nurturing a love for storytelling and art in young minds.

What do you do to unwind, and de-stress?
To unwind and de-stress, I love spending time in my garden. There's something therapeutic about getting my hands dirty, tending to the plants, and watching them grow. It allows me to reconnect with nature and find peace in the beauty of the natural world. I also enjoy curling up with a good book, sipping a cup of coffee, or exploring new places through travel.

If you could suddenly learn any skill, what do you think you’d learn?
If I could suddenly learn any skill, I think I would love to learn how to play a musical instrument, like the piano or the guitar. Music has always been a source of inspiration for me, and being able to create my own melodies and express myself through music would be incredible.

What advice would you give to aspiring artists? Or your younger self?
My advice to aspiring artists would be to stay true to yourself and your unique vision. Don't be afraid to experiment, take risks, and push the boundaries of your creativity. Surround yourself with supportive and like-minded individuals who believe in your talent. And most importantly, never stop learning and growing as an artist.

What does a perfect day look like to you?
A perfect day for me would start with breakfast with my family, followed by a visit to an art exhibition or museum or a bush walk - weather dependent. Then, I would spend the afternoon in my studio, lost in the world of colours and brushes, bringing my artistic visions to life. In the evening, cook a lovely meal, and before bed, I would curl up with a good book! Currently loving Kristin Hannah's books - historical fiction!

If you had to pick a favourite design from Erstwilder x Lauren Rogers collection, which would it be?
It's difficult to choose just one favourite design from the collection, as each piece holds a special place in my heart. However, if I had to pick, I would say the "Gainful Gum Leaves" brooch. It embodies the connection I feel to the land and the stories that have been passed down through generations. The design, gum leaves, represents ceremonial burning, spiritual cleanse, casting off bad spirits and welcoming good health.
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