Lauren Pirie is a freelance illustrator and multi-disciplinary artist based in Toronto. She is best known for; her intricate ink drawings, which defy the boundaries of reality; her illustration work for publishing, film, and fashion; and sustainability projects, as Creative Director of the About Face Collective. Recently, Lauren illustrated her first children's book, Ella And The Balloons In the Sky for Tundra Books/ Random House.
Ways I Work
Favourite artist(s) right now
Winnie Truong, Tau Lewis, Rajni Perera, Broadbent Sisters, Kaye Blegvad, Laura Dawe, Rihanna.
When did you start making art, and why?
I think I have always made art. When I was 5 or so, I would use my Grandma's ottoman as a booth to sell my drawings to my family for $2 or something. At that point, it was probably to buy candy, or stickers, or save up for a hieroglyphics set.
I'm really good at making (a) ...
What do you listen to when you work?
CBC, Bitch Media's Backtalk/ Popaganda Podcasts, 2 Dope Queens, Democracy Now, Various dancehall mixes, Drake, Rihanna
Everyone should know about
Intersectional Feminism, Bakerbots.
Describe your home in 3 words
Art, plants, magic.
Beverage of choice
Coffee/ Cab Sauv.
Your favourite spot in Toronto right now
High Park, anywhere with bike lanes, The Common.
Ink on paper. I mostly use acrylic inks (which a lot of people assume are watercolour) and micron pens.
Jays vs. Raptors
Depends which sport they're playing, I guess? ;) I grew up as a bat catcher and filling sketchbooks with drawings of Joe Carter and Roberto Alomar, so I'm going to have to say Jays.