Photos courtesy of Lauren Webster
She might live by the ocean, but this Sydney-based artist’s cactus-filled home is more akin to an abode in the Arizona desert. Working under the moniker Lauren & The Lost Boys, Lauren Webster has lent her crafty eye to everything from the runway (with fashion label Backstage) to the streets (by way of Byron Bay’s Lark Skate Co.) and swell (with McTavish Surfboards). Plus, you might have noticed her work splashed throughout the pages of The Collective Issue 26.
“I’m also in cahoots with another really cool Byron Bay-based label, Into the Fold,” she says. “We’ve been working on giant cactus-covered outdoor cushions and other goodies for the home… Most recently, I have been adventuring and painting in the outback with my friends who have moved from Sydney to the desert to open the Andamooka Yacht Club.”
Needless to say, we’re a little bit in love with the life of Lauren.
Were you always the artistic type?
I never really made a decision to become an artist or necessarily ‘chose’ this path… I’ve just been doing the things I liked doing since I was a kid and stubbornly never stopped. Ignoring any reality that one day I might need to grow up, I’ve just had my head down drawing and painting furiously for years. I survived art school in Sydney and soldiered on from there with my paintbrushes still in hand. The years have rolled on and I’m so happy to still be splashing paint around for a living.
How would you describe your work?
My work is pretty graphic most of the time. Bold lines, block colours, repeated symbols and motifs. It’s mostly figurative but I also really like using text. I think most of my art is quite playful in appearance but it tends to lean towards something more melancholy and a little darker underneath it all. I’ve always liked that balance.
What’s your creative process?
My go-to materials are ink, acrylic paint, pencil and spray paint. I’m keeping things pretty old-school over here. I’ve also more recently thrown myself back into film photography, an old love of mine, and I’m using some of the photographs in my work as well. Most of my pieces find their beginnings as something I have scribbled down in my sketchbook. From there I can come back and steal what I need any old time for new paintings or projects.
Any advice for budding artists?
Sleep when you’re dead… Kidding! (Kind of not kidding.) I’ve given this advice before but it’s honestly the first thing that comes to mind: don’t be halfhearted about it, throw your whole self all the way in.
This story originally appeared in Issue 26 of Collective Hub, on stands now.