Designer Bums launched the ART POP AI2 collection of PUL Waterproof outer cloth diapers in January 2017 after retiring their designer cotton outers. ART POP has quickly become a fan favorite. The designs feature whimsical hand-illustrated art. There aren’t many, if any, cloth diapers that are this unique and beautiful. I wanted to give you a sneak behind the scenes to meet one of the artists who has been creating these amazing cloth diaper masterpieces. Another new collection of prints is coming out soon…and they are to die for! I can’t wait to share them with you!
Q & A with the artist, Lara Gurney
Designer Bums have been making products that feature trailblazing designer and artists prints for 8 years now! We are very lucky to work with some super-talented Artists that create our custom-illustrated prints that are exclusive to Designer Bums and reflect our signature, unique and whimsical style.
Lara Gurney is a gorgeous Mama from Queensland and the Artist that created our instant classic print ‘Nostalgia’ that sold out in a record of just minutes!
How did you become an Artist?
I was lucky to be in a musical and artistic family and feel very fortunate that I was given the opportunity to try lots of creative outlets including music theatre and dance. I felt encouraged to draw and paint at school and chose creative subjects. I would create gifts for family and friends and found so much joy in sharing my work. I guess the pivotal point for me was when I began showing my work online. I became committed to drawing and painting daily and learning as much as I could in the arts and design fields. I am doing what I deeply love and am so grateful. I believe you can chose to be an artist through daily practice and intention
How do you juggle being an Artist and a Mother?
It is so tricky! And I have been fascinated with this question. Exploring how I feel as an artist and mother has become a major theme in a body of work for my third year of Fine Arts. I juggle everything as best I can and do feel a certain push and pull between making time for my children and time for creativity. The best way I juggle both is by working early in the mornings, being organised and learning when to say yes and when to say no to things. Mostly life is organised chaos and I let my children paint in my studio so it does get very messy.
Tell us about your favorite styles of creating your art?
At the moment, I enjoy both hands on painting with watercolour and acrylics and digital art using photoshop/illustrator drawing on a tablet. There are so many ways to make beautiful and interesting imagery. I really like to switch between the computer and canvas/paper.
What is your favorite Designer Bums print that you have designed?
No question it has to be Nostalgia. My first print for Designer Bums. So excited for the next release of prints!
Tell us a fun fact about you?
I grew up in Broken Hill and Port Macquarie a beautiful mix of life in the bush and coastal living.
Stay tuned for more of Lara in future Designer Bums releases!
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