Spring is on his way in Holland, but on the other side of the world they go towards the winter. So more reason to put this artist in the sunshine! This week we look at the work from Lauren Swan from Sidney - Australia. Instagram remains a fascinating medium, there are so many cool and beautifull photographs of artists. I really like this artist, especially because the combination of art, the use of the colors and putting it on an instrument makes it so special! I also like the feeling you get while browsing through her instagram account, it gives you the hippie vibes back! In fashion you also see more and more colorfull clothing. That's nice, colors make you happy! First let's take a look at some nice pictures of 'Salty_Hippie'. After the interview you will see a beautifull video where she's designing a guitar!
What's your name and where do you live?
My name is Lauren Swan and I live in Clovelly, Sydney in Australia.
You have a cool name, what does Salty Hippie means?.
Thank you. I didn’t really know it would become my name in the art field, but I love that it does! I was raised by a beautiful down to earth mum with old school hippie ideals. She believed in me as an artist and always thought of me as a hippie, even since before I knew what that was. I grew up near the ocean and it’s honestly my favourite place. All you need is sea, salt and sun to heal the soul.
I love your kind of art. Did you learn that yourself or did you study?
I studied a little bit. I attempted to get a diploma in fine arts but I actually failed painting! So I never got my diploma. I always hated school and structure and It wasn’t until I developed my own style that I became confident in art and wanted to be a professional artist.
I see pictures of guitar decorations, paintings and buddha creations. Can you tell me how you get to this original idea of creating and designing guitars?
It came about by accident. I had this old beat up guitar lying around and a few posca pens, I think I only had four colours. So I started painting lots of little colourful drawings all over it. I don’t know it just struck me that this beautiful instrument is my canvas and I love it. I just kept buying guitars and ukuleles and trying to develop my style.
What do you do for a living, is this your full time job?
I’m currently just living off my art and hopefully I can keep that going! It would be my dream come true.
If people have a guitar at home and they want a cool design on it, is that possible?
Absolutely it’s possible. I love doing commissions. If people want to send me there guitar or ukulele I’m happy to paint a design they want on it.
What are your dreams?
I want to travel a lot. I don’t think I’ve travelled enough so I really want to prioritise travelling. I want to be a full time artist and want painting to be my 9-5 job. I want to have a lot of adventures.
Where do you see yourself in 5/10 years from now?
Maybe living in a little shack on a beach with my partner. I paint and we travel a lot. Hopefully I’ve made a name for myself in the art world. Also at one point I want to have an animal sanctuary and rescue animals.
You can follow Lauren Swan on instagram, just click on the link below.
This was the interview. I always find it very interesting to find out what drives a person and what's the story behind the artist. This story inspires me too, I also want to travel again. There is so much beauty to see in the world. Who knows, this inspires you to be creative.
The page 'Talent Thursday' on the website has been updated. Work of the artists that appear in the blogs are now also on this page, with a short intro text and a button-link to the relevant blog. I am still looking for ways to divide the blogs into topics on this site. I think I will also separate the webshop from the website. I want to separate the personal blogs and other content from the sales side, which might make it more professional. I will combine the webshop with the Talent Thursday artist. That fits well with the name: 'Thrift & Artshop Puddifoots'. !
This was a good week for me. I'm currently working on voluntary basic at a thriftshop, because of my fatique issues. It's a social care organisation, called Riwis. They help (young) people with a distance to the labor market. They offer a workshop where people can work on projects, which can be sold in the thriftshop. The organisation give me the opportunity to write an item/blog in their montly newsletter: 'At Riwis'. I can write about my experiences at the thriftshop, my daytime activities and what's going on in my mind. This newsletter is sent every month to employees, clients, volunteers, close relatives and external relations. I feel very happy about this offer! It's a step forward, a new challenge and experience. See you next week