Today we’d like to introduce you to Lauren Patterson.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a fiber artist from San Diego, CA. I have always loved making things with my hands and trying new crafts. I taught myself how to macramé while I was working towards my Master’s degree in occupational therapy and used it as a therapeutic tool and creative outlet— a place to relax and turn off my brain. I love that simple knots can create intricate detail and become beautiful designs. I decided to open an Etsy shop, The Little Knot Shoppe, in November of 2016 to share my passion with others and make handcrafted pieces for others to enjoy in their space. I had no idea that I would fall in love with art so quickly.
Please tell us about your art.
I make Macramé pieces that I would enjoy in my space. I like simple, elegant designs that bring together classic 1960s design with modern bohemian style using natural driftwood and branches to ensure each piece is unique.
There is not much order or specific structure when it comes to creating a piece, which is probably why the beginning stages take the longest! I rarely have an image in my mind of the specific design that I want to create ahead of time. The majority of the time, the design is based on how I am feeling at that particular moment. It is interesting how I can look at a piece I have made and relate the design of a piece to how I was feeling while I made it. I tend to live in the moment and can see it throughout the pieces. It is rare that I make a piece start to finish without un-knotting and redoing most of it, which I believe is part of the beauty of macramé.
I hope my art can inspire others to use their creativity and uniqueness to create art using simple knots. Macramé is an old art that has joined generations of artists. I love that my passion and art was loved and created by my mom when she was a young girl.
Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
The biggest thing I have learned is not to compare your art or success with the success that others find. With social media, it is difficult not to compare yourself with other artists – when you compare yourself to others, it can diminish your confidence. I also advised other artists to use their surroundings for inspiration, especially nature.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
Email for custom orders and inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: Thelittleknotshoppe.etsy.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: @thelittleknotshoppe
- Facebook: Thelittleknotshoppe
Esther Pulcipher @lattesandlayers