Melburnians are a funny bunch. We love our coffee, creativity, mindfulness, and footy! The Grand Final hails the beginning of the warmer weather here in Melbourne, an end to the chilly winds and rainy days - and to celebrate, we are hosting a Spring Craft & Market Day!
And what a segue this is - hold on to your hat, coz this one is a ZINGER. With the Tigers taking out the cup this year, who better to interview than Lauren from Easy Tiger Designs!
Lauren is a local Melbourne artist specialising in bright, fun, statement jewellery. Her personality really shines through in her pieces. So let's get to know Lauren a bit better!
Q: Tell us a bit about your creative business. What do you create? Who do you create for?
A: I love all things bright and bold - I make expressive statement jewellery for individuals who want to add some zest to their look.
The heart of Easy Tiger Designs lies in fun, festivals, having a good time and the thrill of self expression. The energetic, eye-catching designs are imagined by myself, and created from laser cut materials in bright colours and bold geometric shapes.
Q: What music do you listen to while you create?
A: I have eclectic taste in music, so my work tunes could be some new techno mix one day, some soulful blues the next day, and global beats the day after. Depends on the mood and the workload!
Q: What inspires you? Where do you look for inspiration?
A: Visually, I take inspiration from Art Deco images and architecture, tribal/indigenous art and patterns, 60's poster art and illustration, psychedelia, and anything bright and colourful. I get a kick out of the balance/contrast of loud and crazy against measured and mathematical geometrics.
Q: What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?
A: I thought I had been hacked or there was some major glitch in the Matrix when all these posts on Instagram and Facebook were popping up from my profile... after a bunch of sleuthing it turned out they were all coming from my friend, who, because I had logged into Spotify on her phone one time, had all her social media accounts linked to my profile. It was very bizarre and confusing. Always log out, people!
Q: What's one piece of advice you would give to a new Etsy seller?
A: Patience! It takes a while for people to be exposed to your work and decide they want to buy it, especially if its pretty out-there kinda stuff. Keep at it!
Q: Where can customers find you?
You'll be able to meet Lauren and check out her festival jewellery at the Spring Craft & Market Day on 21 October. The event is at Abbotsford Convent, so why not make a day of it? With beautiful grounds, buildings and gardens to explore, it's the perfect place for a picnic and a lazy stroll along the picturesque Merri Creek Trail.
See you there!