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We read this and instantly wanted to jack in our desk jobs…
Ever dreamed of quitting your corporate job and following your passion? Well, Lauren Baker did just that and hasn't looked back since. This is pretty inspirational stuff...
Lauren Baker is a skull artist and has worked with the likes of Jimmy Choo and Harrods and has exhibited at Tate Britain as well as London Fashion Week. We spoke to her about changing careers, feeling terrified while doing so and her dreams of working with Alexander McQueen.
How did you become an artist?
I used to have a corporate job and I felt unfulfilled so I embarked on an adventure to South America in search of more meaning. In Brazil I stumbled upon a street art project and I made mosaics in the street with a mission to make passersby smile. Later in the trip I ended up deep in the Amazon jungle surrounded by nature and animals and I an epiphany that I should become an artist. I researched where the best place to study mosaic was and went to Venice to do a short course, jacked in my job and I’ve been making art for the last 2.5 years.
I made a collection of work and put on my first show on in the basement of a pub, the Tate heard about it and invited me to run a workshop in response to the Damien Hirst exhibition. Since then I’ve been invited to work on Harrods windows, exhibited at London Design Festival and Tate Britain, and had shows in Ibiza and the USA.
Describe your typical working day.
Wake up around 8am and check emails with breakfast in bed. Cycle 10 minutes across the park to my studio at Hackney Downs Studios. Then I work on my projects – which involves brainstorming, planning, experimenting, creating and making mess. Typically I’m working on art commissions, preparing for exhibitions and designing window installations. We all eat lunch together or sometimes. I’m the last to leave at 7pm at the earliest. If there’s time I’ll eat out with friends. Then I’ll often come back home and work more. Sleep at 1am. Sometimes 3am… I’m a night person. I peak at 10pm.
Why do you love your job?
I love having ultimate freedom, creativity and expression. Dreaming up new art projects, getting excited, sharing ideas and collaborating, discovering and playing – I love my job.
Did you have any setbacks along the way?
I gave up financial security and traded my very full social life while I worked away developing a collection. It was hard but worth it. I hadn’t created art for 15 years so I had a lot to discover. I needed no distraction so I went underground for a year.
What did you want to be when you were a child?
I never really knew. I discovered my real passion at the age of 29. I’m constantly creating – making up for lost time!
Which career achievement are you most proud of?
I was invited to run a workshop and exhibit my work at Tate Modern and Tate Britain – it’s been amazing to work with some of the most renowned art galleries in the world.
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