Hello again my lovely crafting friends and welcome to another edition of ‘Exploring Etsy’. Always one to champion the arts and all things creative I love that Etsy gives people a platform to share and sell their work with such a large online community. Whether you’re a full time artist, part-time crafter, or vintage collector there is room on Etsy for everyone. This week I have the pleasure of introducing you all to Lauren Moreno whose Etsy shop, ‘plasticlittlecovers’, is full of personality and fun – much like the designer herself.
A Classical & Archaeological Studies graduate from Newcastle Upon Tyne, Lauren is currently bumbling, (I’m sure we’ve all been there!), through her early 20s, trying to make her way back to university to study for an MA. Much of her time is spent working on pattern requests, designs for her Etsy shop and stitching. The latter of which co-exists nicely alongside her never ending TV and film watchlists. I know I certainly enjoy that particular perk of the ‘job’, being able to snuggle in front of some quality entertainment and stitching to your heart’s content has to be one of the most satisfying things.
What is your earliest stitching memory?
I wish I could say that I’ve been stitching from a young age, but it’s not so. I remember at about 12 years old being presented with a couple of cross stitch kits which were, in hindsight, incredibly twee and lovely. Apparently I did roughly two rows of halfhearted and slapdash stitching before giving up, which is still my natural reaction to things I don’t take to immediately, though I’ve learned to fight it! Anyway, my Mam ended up stitching both kits (and doing them very well for the only cross stitching she’s ever done) and they still hang in my little sister’s room today. Nearly a decade later in my last year of Uni I gave cross stitching another go, and I’m so glad that I did.
What fires your imagination?
I think a lot of modern cross stitch is inspired by pop culture, the references and characters that we love, so there’s definitely a huge element of that in my work. My first patterns were inspired by the 80’s films I loved and the iconic character poses I saw in them (Lloyd Dobler and his boombox is a forever fave.) More recently I’ve been inspired by a lot of the Typography heavy posters I’ve seen floating about on Etsy. I like that they use bold colours and simple banner shapes to create such a modern and fresh style. I like a cross stitch pattern with a snarky bite to it, but lately I’ve found that the kind of sentiments that inspire my designs are more gently positive in their nature (“Don’t Worry”) or have a wry but happy element to them (“What a time to be alive”) as they’re probably the kind of messages I’m more susceptible to at the moment as a 20 something who sometimes feels a little bit perplexed by life and its mysteries, haha. I like using florals to surround these phrases as I think geometric or line borders would add too much harshness to the design. It’s interesting to me that in a lot of the traditional cross stitch samplers I look at, the floral motifs are used in repeating motifs, or quite sparingly placed. I like seeing how the flower shapes are put together, and then piling them over each other to create heavy and chunky floral patterns. A big inspiration to me is the idea that modern cross stitch can have such a playful, frivolous element to it. I love the Pop Art Pugs pattern, because it combines my love for bold colours and pop culture references, and touches onto the enduring pug trend that I find so bemusing yet hilarious.
Her vibrant use of colour and witty pop culture references are sure to put a smile on your face, so why don’t you head on over and see what other great designs she has to offer.
Jessica Taylor aka Loadofolbobbins is a Textile Artist and Illustrator based by the sea in Portsmouth. At her happiest with a needle and thread, with a passion for genealogy she often explores old photographs in her textile art. With her fingers in many creative pies she loves to experiment with new techniques, creating illustrated and stitched goodies for her new Etsy shop.