Lauren Olander artist portrait

Meet Lauren Olander, an artist whose vibrant creations bring joy and colour into the world. With a unique journey that spans from studying Fine Art at Central St Martins to combining healthcare and art in Sweden, Lauren Olander has crafted a path that is as diverse as it is inspiring. Her latest series, "Flowers in a Vase," is a testament to her passion for spontaneous creativity.

Can you tell us about your background and how you came to be an artist?

– My journey as an artist hasn't been a straightforward one. I started studying Fine Art at Byam Shaw, Central St Martins in London when I was 19. It was like a dream come true, as they had let me in without having a foundation degree in art. Sadly, I took a long break from art due to my father's passing. Later, after gaining a degree in nursing I soon realised how much I missed having a creative outlet.

I moved to Sweden and then had two kids in close succession, but finally found art again through studying - combining healthcare and my love for art as a hantverkspedagog (a type of craft educator), holding workshops and classes to help others find their creative sides.

What inspired you to create the artworks you have made for The Ode To?

– I want to bring people happiness, fun, and light through my pieces. While I usually focus on detail, this technique is about embracing naivety and colorful fun.

What technique have you used?

– These artworks are screen-printed monoprints on paper, each one unique. I paint the design directly onto the open silk screen frame and then pull the print—it's always an exciting moment as you never know exactly how it'll turn out!

How would you describe your art and aesthetics in three words?

– Bright, fun and joyful.