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BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist

Featured Artist: Laurenmary

Artist Laurenmary on BoomBoom PrintsLaurenmary is a bright, colorful, and creative artist who brings tons of life and sunshine to the BBP site!  Located in Birmingham, Alabama, Lauren is an award-winning artist and interior designer.  Take a look at what she has to say:

 

BBP: Describe your art in 5 words or less!
Lauren: Simple, retro, colorful, minimalist, fun

BBP: Name an artist or person that inspires your art and why!
Lauren: My nieces and nephews are my greatest inspiration. There seems to be a new one to spoil almost every year (I have two in Japan and seven here in the States, with one on the way)! I’m always thinking of what would look cute hanging in their rooms.

BBP: Did you go to school for art or are you primarily self-taught?
Lauren: A healthy balance of both

BBP: When did you start designing/creating?  Was there a particular event that inspired you to pursue it further?
Lauren: I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t designing/creating. I suppose I really became enamored with design as a career when I lived in Europe as an adolescent. We traveled a lot, and with about 50 or so fine-art museum visits, a trip to the Bauhaus was all it took. I was never a skilled illustrator, so to see that simple, minimalist shapes and forms were considered “art” for the first time gave me goose bumps.

Modern Distressed Deer Head I Infant Long-Sleeve T-Shirts by laurenmary on BoomBoomPrints
https://www.boomboomprints.com/Product/laurenmary/Geometric_Hexagon_Cubes/Galaxy_Cases/

BBP: How has your style changed since you started?
Lauren: In the beginning, as most of us probably are, I was all over the place experimenting – not really having a style because I hadn’t honed in on it yet. I do know, however, that simplicity, minimalism and proportion have always been my cornerstones.

BBP: Where is the coolest place you’ve visited?
Lauren: Japan – I was there for two weeks traveling with my Pops. At the end of the trip, my brother was married on Aoshima Island at the Aoshima-jinja shrine. I really enjoyed experiencing life in that culture – especially since they are into simplicity, minimalism and finding beauty in function.

BBP: Do you have a particular spot or place where you create most of your art?
Lauren: I work and physically design in my studio out of our home, but I think I create mostly in my head and occasionally I will have creative sessions while I’m sleeping, then wake up and get it “on paper”.

BBP: Do you have any kids or pets?
Lauren: We have two cats that we rescued when they were about a week old, Spencer and Baker. We had to syringe feed them and keep them on a heating pad for a while as kittens. It was nowhere close to true parenting, but we feel like they’re our kids!

BBP: Growing up, were your parents into or involved in art?
Lauren: My Pops has crazy amazing handwriting, which certainly influenced my love for typography. He also builds furniture and structures, like meandering decks/stairs, trellises, gazebos, etc. My Mommella is a very talented illustrator and painter – when she lets you see her work, she’s a bit shy with her talent. She was a teacher before she retired and we always had arts and crafts in the summer.

Geometric Alphabet Framed Art Print by laurenmary on BoomBoomPrints
Modern Narwhal II Tote Bag by laurenmary on BoomBoomPrints

BBP: What were your favorite hobbies as a kid?
Lauren: Anything art or design related. I remember once taking everything out of a board game box and setting it all up to look exactly like the photo on the cover – that was my idea of fun! My Christmas and Birthday presents were always geared toward design or architecture. I also was active in any kind of sports.

BBP: What’s your favorite story to tell about your childhood?
Lauren: Although both accidental, I broke my brother’s nose during a snowball fight; then that summer hacked him with a shovel creating a nice eyebrow scar – you could say I’m responsible for the handsome man he is today!

BBP: What did your room look like growing up? 
Lauren: A disaster zone! As most creatives will tell you – an un-kept room is a sign of a well-kept mind.
Once I got into feng shui, though, it was a masterpiece of placement and chi!

BBP: Who is your favorite famous person (current or historical) and why?
Lauren: Frank Lloyd Wright. I believe that on some level, we all aspire to change the world, and this man did just that with his architecture, design and concepts. He was the first to literally open doors by creating the “open concept” way of living we see now in all contemporary home architecture. He truly changed how we live.

BBP: Who would you want with you if you were stranded on a deserted island?
Lauren: My husband, of course! He would keep things fun and we would probably be just fine staying stranded!

BBP: What is one thing that you’ve never tried, but would like to?
Lauren: Flying a plane

BBP: Do you prefer to swim in a pool, ocean, or lake?
Lauren: Since I’m a literal person, I would say pool for swimming, but I prefer to be at the lake or shore.

BBP: If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do instead?
Lauren: Architecture, no question.

Geometric Triangle Cubes iPhone case by laurenmary on BoomBoomPrints
Waldorf Montessori Abacus Framed Art Print by laurenmary on BoomBoomPrints

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BoomBoom Prints Featured Artist Laurenmary

Featured Artist: Kakel

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Meet Kakel, this week’s Featured Artist. With bright, colorful illustrations and a wild imagination, the Canadian artist fuses creativity into her designs to create scenes full of magic and mystery. Read more to learn about her adorable dog, her inspiration when designing, and her artistic process:

Describe your style in 5 words or less:

Colorful and joyful.

What is your creative process like?

It is very spontaneous, I go with what I’m feeling and let it all out. Sometimes I like it and sometimes I don’t!

Do you always work from the same a spot- a studio, a particular desk, etc.- or do you move around?

Always at my home desk!

How has your style changed over the years?

I really enjoy creating landscape illustrations but I’m slowly evolving into patterns which is really cool! Colors are always a great part of my work.

Tell us about the colors you use- how do you choose them, what inspires them?

Well, the color palettes I choose are very important – the colors all have to fit in harmony!

Screen Shot 2015-05-08 at 9.56.45 AMDid you always know that you wanted to design for kids and families?

Not necessarily, I have always loved animations and colourful things so I guess it fits perfectly with kids and families!

Do you think art is important for kids?  Why?

Yes! I have loved drawing and creating since I was able as a child. It’s a great experience creating and letting your imagination speak.

Tell us about your favorite design on the site.

Wildlife is one of my favourites! I really enjoy the color palette I chose and the gentle tonality and zen feeling that is expressed through the illustration.

Do you have kids? 

1621781_669886853109783_6242483501693566057_nNot yet, but I have a little doggie, which will always be my baby! He’s a small Yorkshire.

Where did you grow up?

In a small town in the province of Quebec, Canada.

What was your most prized possession as a kid?

I don’t remember having a prized possession in particular but I did love them stuffed animals!

What did your room look like growing up?

It was a mess, but it was very colourful and filled with little treasures that I would find here and there!

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Chocolate chip cookies.

Favorite movie?

Up, the animation film (such an amazing movie).

Coffee or tea?

Coffee, my life saver.

Polka dots or stripes?

Stripes.

Bungee jumping or skydiving?

I tried bungee jumping this summer and would like to try skydiving very soon:)

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Find more of Kakel’s art here!

Roomboard: Nic Squirrell’s “Bright and Sunny” Play Room

With bright and playful accents, this kids room was inspired by featured artist Nic Squirrell‘s whimsical designs. Everything from the colorful prints to the cheerful pillows bring zest and adventure the kids will love to play in.

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1. Aqua Blue Sheer Curtain – Houzz

2. “Ice Lollies” Framed Art Print by Nic Squirrell

3. “Jellies on Plates” Framed Art Print by Nic Squirrell

4. Stone Hampshire Spindle Daybed – The Land of Nod

5. Acapulco Rocker with Turquoise Weave – Houzz

6. Pocketful of Sunshine Throw Pillow – Society6

7. Modern Littles Sweets Canvas Folding Storage Bin – Bed Bath & Beyond

8. Pink Roller Rink Kids Rug – Land of Nod

Featured Artist: Ryan Deighton

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Ryan Deighton is a UK based surface pattern designer, who has a passion for mid century and retro design that can be seen as a major inspiration towards his design identity. He loves to use collage craft, digital processes and illustration within his work that is then transformed into his signature graphic design style. He uses a series of bold colourful shapes and textures to recreate a nostalgic essence in a contemporary format. Ryan has created a bunch of fun and playful prints ideal for children’s bedrooms, bathrooms and playrooms that capture and inspire the imagination of children. Take a look at what he had to say to BoomBoom Prints:

 

BBP: If you had to describe your designs in 5 words or less, what would you say?
Colourful, Bright, Graphic and Playful

BBP: What is your favorite you use to create your artwork
I love to use collaged papers, acetate sheets and fine black pen to produce my initial ideas and illustrations. I then love to transform my ideas into digitally produced prints and patterns.
 Pilots and Planes nursery art printBBP: What would you tell a kid who said they wanted to be an artist?
 
Go for it! Be experimental and try out lots of different techniques. Remember to have lots of fun and get your friends involved.
 
BBP: What do you find inspires you most?
 
Patterns and prints from the 1950s mainly inspire me, as I love the colours and playful compositions. I also love mid century illustrations and packaging which provide me with lots of exciting ideas.
 
BBP: What do you like most about collaborating with Boom Boom Prints? What are your thoughts on the idea of customizable artwork?
I love how Boom Boom Prints provide a platform for me to showcase my work with the potential of my prints going to good homes.

Astronaut space nursery art printBBP: Who is your favorite artist?
My favorite artist is Lucienne Day, a 1950s textile designer. Her experimental and abstract prints are very innovative of its time and are still seen as very contemporary today.
 
BBP: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Mint chocolate chip with extra toppings is a classic favorite however I do love a good lemon sorbet in the summer.
 
BBP: What was something that was near and dear to you as a child?
As a child I use to have a blue bear that went everywhere with me however as I grew up my younger sister took him under her wing so its good to know that my blue bear is still getting looked after.

 

Circus Eric the Elephant

Sail Boats

Sail Boats and Hot Air Balloons

Space Boy in Flying Saucer