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Lauren Webster: Artist

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Lauren Webster: Artist

ROAR: We met Lauren through an art/music collaboration event. Safe to say we are huge fans of her illustrations, paintings, murals and more! Lauren, how did a country girl end up in the city being at the forefront of edgy creative art and designs?

Lauren: Ah thanks guys! I landed in the city after school when I went straight onto art school for university. I knew I wanted to study art and I only applied for the one school in Sydney because my art teacher (who was totally rad) had gone there and said it would be up my alley. According to her I would be in a band and painting in all my spare hours… Laughs* So I didn't even look into anything else. I’ve been kicking around here in Sydney since and lucky for me I still get to splash paint around.

Oh, I don't have a band yet by the way… Still working on that!

ROAR: We can't wait for the band! We see the name 'Lost Boys' with your work? Where does it come from?! Very intriguing and mysterious haha! 

Lauren: Good segue… laughs* Speaking of my band the ‘Lost Boys’ will make up drums, base, keyboard and banjo! Ah, there’s actually a few reasons for that name… I have a habit of rambling so will take care not to write you an entire essay. The main reason is that it refers to my tendency to indulge in a bit of Peter Pan syndrome. I don't think I have grown up just yet and I don't see it happening anytime soon. The pseudonym encompasses all of my creative pursuits, not just my visual art, and so it’s an overarching perspective and state of mind that I try to impart upon all my work.

ROAR: I think we have Peter Pan syndrome too! We love all the cactus art and American roadhouse images you create? Where does this inspiration come from? Did you grow up watching cowboy flicks?

Lauren: Ha, no! It’s funny you ask that. I actually kind of hated Westerns as a kid… Those themes are something that have been with me since I was young though. I travelled to the US when I was quite young and visited some interesting and inspiring places full of cowboys, cacti, Navajo silver, steel guitars and deserts. I loved it all even then!

In more recent years my attraction to this imagery has evolved to encompass a romantic ideology of the outlaw character. The wayward traveller. The misunderstood pirate. The lonesome lover. The sentiment of the sailor and his sea. Once again, I have conjured some convoluted notions and tales about these characters over the years… They are who I often speak of in my work.

ROAR: These characters you write and draw about are epic! We especially love your fonts with bright retro colours and styles. Do you find these go hand in hand with your artworks?

Lauren: I have been using text in my work for a while now and really enjoy it. At first I actually found using words one of the most daunting things to do. As someone who has always painted and drawn I don't really have many qualms sharing pictures, but words felt like a whole new level of honesty. I’m not so shy about it now and generally keep the text lighthearted on the surface. The fonts and fun typography are another way to contrast a message that might be a little heavier underneath. At the end of the day I like to have fun with it but I might also be using some flashy bright pink to sneakily distract you from something else. 

ROAR: We have been following your progress for the last few months and have noticed some massive opportunities coming your way. Tell us about some of them and how you hooked them up!?

Things have been pretty flat out lately which is great. I’ve been working away on a few collaborations which are starting to be released and have some more exciting ones up my sleeve!

I’ve teamed up with Australian fashion label Backstage to create a capsule collection, BACKSTAGE X LAUREN WEBSTER which was launched with a  preview of a few pieces at Mercedes Benz Fashion Week last week. So that was a whole lot of fun and there’s plenty more to come from that collab so am looking forward more goodness with those guys.

I’ve also been working with an awesome skateboard company from Byron Bay, Lark Skate Co. We're doing some limited edition skateboards which has been a blast.

I’ll also be collaborating with an iconic Australian surfboard company this year which I can’t wait to get to to work on. As well as that I have some fun product designs and a bunch of other art projects on the way!

I guess most of those gigs have come about by being a friendly (potentially over-friendly) stranger and chatting to people… ha. Either that or because some of those guys have stumbled upon my work and just been really open about expressing an interest in doing something together. Which I love!

ROAR: Safe to say your smashing it!! Nothing better than collaboration. We are in love with the ocean and pirates similar to some of your pieces? Has this style come naturally to you and if so why?

Lauren: The ocean is something I have been drawn to a little later in life. I never had much to do with the sea or the beach as a kid growing up in the country but more and more I  am seduced by it’s charms. Nowadays I live near the ocean and it’s become more important to me than I thought it ever would. My artworks which reference those things must be somewhat a result of that. I never really thought about it to be honest… It just crept in. The pirate though, the guy I mentioned before, he’s another one of my anti-heroes, much like the outlaw, who’s story I like to tell. I doubt we’ve seen or heard the last of him.

ROAR: Sounds rad! What is in the near future that excites you with your art and creative mind?!

Lauren: Well for starters the projects and collaborations I just mentioned have definitely got me pretty darn excited! So they're number one in my sights right now. Aside from those though I would love to go for a bit of a wander, nomad-gypsy style of course, and spend some time travelling and gathering ideas to start creating a new body of artwork. I think by the time I get that under my belt and out of my system it should be high time for me to have another solo show… your all invited to come play!  

Follow Lauren: Facbook Click Here, Instagram Click Here, Website Click Here, lauren@laurenwebster.net, pH: 0407021411

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MAKU: ARTIST

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MAKU: ARTIST

ROAR: How did you get a love for art? Who inspired or nurtured your talents and creativity

MAKU: I guess this would be down to my family. We are all pretty creative and we all love to pick up a pen or a paintbrush. Our styles are each worlds apart, which is pretty cool. I used to envy that my sister was so good at drawing and she would always tell me 'its just because I'm older you'll get good one day' 

I think initially my mum nurtured our creativity. She would frame all of our drawings and hand them up in around the house. Actually she hung them all on the walls in our bathroom so I guess we spent a lot of time sitting in there looking at the drawings and paintings haha.

ROAR: We love your style, it covers so many genres, was this a natural progression?

MAKU: Yeah definitely a natural progression and it took me a long time to come into my own style... For a long time I was heavily influenced by street artists and Japanese pop art, cartoon style stuff and my work was not what I would call original. I think now I've found a style that suits me. It has that rebellious, free sort of feeling to it. So yeah I still have that love for real street art style, I guess my style and taste has just evolved into something more of my own. 

ROAR: Are you looking to make a career or lifestyle through art? If so, how are you going to achieve this?

MAKU: That's the Dream! I'm not putting too much pressure on myself to make a career out of it. I'm enjoying it for now and if I get the opportunity to do more I will always go for it because it makes me happy!

ROAR: What have been some highlights along your journey as an artist?

MAKU: I guess an obvious highlight would be working for Rusty, in less than 3 months of putting my art out there to the world I had this massive brand contact me. I never expected it. 

Getting on the Block NZ was  a huge surprise but honestly I'm just blown away on a daily basis, that people are finding my work and appreciating what I do. There's nothing better than producing a piece of work and having other people understand it and love it. Some even so much, they have gotten them tattooed! Very cheesy I know but its humbling to say the least. 

ROAR: Who is your favorite artist and why?

MAKU: I have a few -
Josh Meyer - Just a rad dude and I genuinely love his art work. 
Jamie Brown - PUNS! I love any art to do with puns and not to mention its just freakin cool.
Abby Drielsma - Tattoo artist. Her attention to detail is incredible.
Prudence Caroline - Drips and colour. Her work is just stunning and bold. 
And Otis Carey - Love the relaxed vibe of his work.
Georgia O'keefe - Probably the first artist I remember falling in love with as a kid. 
Oh one more! Andrei Svetov - Tattoo artist. Just the most rad concepts. 

ROAR: What are some of your other inspirations such as music, traveling, surfing?

MAKU: Snowboarding, Music, Traveling. Music mostly I would say.

ROAR: Any exciting things happening in the Near future?

MAKU: My sister is having her first baby. I get to follow up that amazing event with a solo exhibition in March 2014 at the Brunswick Street Gallery. I'm hoping it will kick start a year of big things. The rest of the projects will be unveiled over the next few months. Exciting new collaborations!

MAKUSART™St Kilda, Melbourne || 0422563980 ||  Facebook: Makusart Instagram: @makusart 

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Vibes on The Green

We had an intimate gathering for our final Vibes on the Green for 2013. The music was great, we had everything from spanish style guitar, originals pieces, classic covers and an instrumental jam. It was so nice to just lay out your picnic blanket and chairs and let the sweet tunes entertain and relax you. Throughout the day, Jack and Harry, some of the Central Coasts funkiest artists, transformed a car into a work of art. They used spray paint to turn a bleak old hatch into a colourful and fun car to drive. This event is a place for the local arts community to come together and support each other and share their talents with friends, family and other locals. It has been such a successful event and we at ROAR love supporting Jai from Munjang Adventures in any way we can. We look forward to more art and music collaborations in 2014!

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Brayden Wilkinson: Artist & Skate Brand

Brayden is a talented young Graphic designer and artist from Newcastle, Australia. I was lucky enough to teach him at School when I was a full time teacher. As a teenager Brayden was constantly sketching and designing ideas in and out of class. His classmates and I knew he was going places with his art. It is so exciting to see that he has started his own skate and design business with Head Quarters. We hope that you are as inspired as us to check out his adventure in starting his own business. We at ROAR will be keeping a close eye on Brayden for sure, as he follows his dreams and uses his talents to offer something fresh to the community.

ROAR: What inspired you to get into art?

Brayden: When I think back on when I first started drawing or being "arty", I was definitely most inspired by my older sister. We were and still are pretty competitive throughout most of the things we do together. I used to see all her sketches and water colourings she would leave scattered throughout the house and it became something of a goal to be as great as I saw her to be. As time passed and I was found constantly drawing on desks or my arms during class, staying up till morning hours trying to imitate other artists work that I would find online. Driven to learn their line work and produce my own originals. After that, I was just very lucky to have received an overwhelming amount of positive reinforcement from family, friends and peers at school, which only put fuel on the fire for me to seek out art to be a lifestyle that I wanted for myself.

ROAR: What types of art are you involved in and what types do you enjoy the most?

Brayden: I tend to do a lot of doodling. And these doodles tend to be focused around previous conversations I have had with friends about our childish ideas and imaginations. A lot of my art tends to be cartoons with a dash of japanese influence. All my art starts out as pencil on paper and eventually make their way onto a computer screen to be digitally coloured in or adjusted slightly. But I do love nothing more than to sit down with a screen full of japanese tattoo designs and just become inspired to create my own pieces, drawing waves, masks, demons, foo dogs, dragons and the list goes on. I find it to be such a beautiful balance between detailed line work and serene simplicity that it demands you to focus and almost meditate on what you are trying to create.

ROAR: We heard you have started a brand with your art?  Tell us a bit about it?

Brayden: I've got a brand named Head Quarters, and it started when I was out skateboarding a couple of months ago, and one of my mates was raving about how sick the design was on the bottom of his board. And all I remember thinking was "I can do that". So I decided try and walk the walk, make a few phone calls and start putting plans together to get a business going. It's all still very much trial and error at this stage, with getting stock and trying to maintain funds. But I'm having fun and thoroughly enjoying the experience so far.

ROAR: Where can people check out your work?

Brayden: Most of my work and the lead up to finished projects gets put up onto my instagram @bwiliknson, up at the loop www.theloop.com.au, I also have facebook.com/hqskate but not to much is really going to get posted up there until more of my business plans really get nutted out.

ROAR: What are some exciting things planned for you and your art in the near future?

Brayden: I am a little excited about a couple of projects I've got coming up. I've got some work with an emerging band The Crispens, which has been so fun just to have artistic freedom with these boys that have just come back from winning the hunter schools rock off. But I'm looking forward to a collaboration I've got coming up with one of my friends projects called the Secret Cabin, everything is a bit hush hush keep it on the down low at the moment. But it's gonna be supercali-friggen-awesome.



Thanks for sharing your art and a bit of your story with ROAR. We are so excited to see where this venture take you. Good luck!

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Vibes on the Green: Music & Arts Event

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We folks at ROAR spent some time brainstorming together with our cousin Amy and the Co-founders of Munjang Adventures  (Jai & Josh) whilst surfing and sipping lattes on The Black Cats East Coast 2013 music tour. One of our key focus points was planning and supporting community projects or events that promote and inspires local creative talent in the areas of art, music and surf/skate culture. We are also passionate about encouraging our youth in making positive life choices and being responsible for their environment and surroundings.  

We started out with organising back yard afternoon jams, after a day at the beach, in our local area on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. These were called 'Munjang Rebel' Back Yard Jams, which involved some talented artists creating art projects whilst musicians provided some tunes and of course we had a tasty BBQ!

Regrouping after a successful jam we had an enthusiastic debrief and decided that there was opportunity to grow our event in the wider community. Jai fortunately ran into a local Council worker (Janette) at a local Cafe from Greater Toukley Vision (this organisation supports growth and popularity of local businesses in Toukley) and she responded with support of our ideas and passion.

Through this opportunity 'Vibes on the Green' was created and we were back at the ipads and laptops going through our creative social networks organising musicians and artists to share their talents with our community. Our goal is to make this event a well known music and arts day for the coast, where we all come together with like minded creative people and support and encourage each other.

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