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
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.
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.
Your favourite spot in Toronto right now
High Park, anywhere with bike lanes, The Common.
Describe your home in 3 words
Art, plants, magic.
Beverage of choice
Coffee/ Cab Sauv.
I'm really good at making (a) ...
Everyone should know about
Intersectional Feminism, Bakerbots.
Favourite artist(s) right now
Winnie Truong, Tau Lewis, Rajni Perera, Broadbent Sisters, Kaye Blegvad, Laura Dawe, Rihanna.
Ink on paper. I mostly use acrylic inks (which a lot of people assume are watercolour) and micron pens.
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