Lauren Raker, And Her @Hookedprints.
Meet Lauren Raker. She lives in Maldon with my husband and their fur baby. She is a Junior Buyer by day & a print designer by night! In her own words, 'my favourite quote is everything happens for a reason.'
TELL THE READERS WHY YOU STARTED HOOKED PRINTS, WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION?
'Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved designing & being creative. Myself and my husband bought our first home 3 years ago, and we struggled to find wall art that we wanted for our Hallway. At the start of lockdown, we finally got the paints out & spent hours creating our own gallery wall - that’s when the idea of Hooked Prints popped into my head!'
CAN YOU GIVE THE READERS SOME INSIGHT ON HOW YOU CREATE YOUR DESIGNS?
'I’m constantly jotting down new ideas and reviewing them over and over. Once I’m happy with the vision, I’ll create it digitally on my iPad. There’s been plenty of designs that I’ve drawn up and then hated because it wasn’t ‘right’!'
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR ARTISTIC STYLE?
'Bold, bright, (sometimes) sarcastic & (hopefully) relatable!'
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PRINT SO FAR, AND WHY?
'It would have to be the ‘Nothing But Love’ rainbow print. The colours make a statement, as does the quote, which expresses my views on love, kindness and equality!'
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE THE READERS WHO MIGHT WANT TO BECOME A FREELANCER?
'It’s best to figure out how it could fit into your life and what the end goal is. For me, I wanted to use it as a creative outlet & to spend time on my hobby in the evenings.'
WHERE DO YOU WANT HOOKED PRINTS TO BE IN THE FUTURE? WHAT ARE YOUR ASPIRATIONS?
'I love knowing that people find my prints appealing enough to want them in their homes - I especially love it when they send me photos of how & where they’ve put them! As long as I can continue to create designs that people like, I’ll be happy!'
If you want to be further inspired by Lauren, check out her Instagram page @hookedprints and shop the prints at https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/hookedprints.