MY STORY- THE BIG PICTURE
Aloha! My name is Lauren Taylor-Davis and I'm a graphic and textile artist from the north shore of Kaua’i. As you can see, I’m in love with Hawaiian patterns and everything they represent—tropical blooms, leafy palms, and bright colors inspired by the beautiful island I’m so happy to call home.
After moving to Southern California to study graphic design at FIDM, I spent the last 10 years working in the surf industry, designing textiles and graphics for iconic and up-and-coming brands including Billabong, Roxy, Pacific Sunwear, Rusty, Hinano Tahiti, and Mikoh Swimwear. Recently, I decided to move back home to Kaua’i and start making my own designs—turning my watercolor paintings, illustrations, and tropical collages into fun, Hawaiian-inspired home decor and personal accessories. In my shop, you’ll find everything from bedding and ottomans to rugs, beach towels, and baby accessories—all featuring brightly colored patterns from some of my favorite handmade creations.
If you’d like to work with me to create a custom graphic or print for you or your business, or to license or purchase one of my designs, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to learn more.
Where it All Began
Now, let me start from the beginning. While growing up in Kilauea, Kaua’i, surfing was my life. I spent my high school years competing in longboard contests, collaging my bedroom walls, and creating handmade greeting cards.
I spent my first two years after high school taking as many art classes as possible, including Chinese brush painting, acrylic, illustration, and watercolor—still my favorite medium today, thanks to my incredible teacher who helped me really see its beauty. After exhausting my options with what was available to me, I moved to California. This was a life-changing step that would define my path for the next several years.
My Move to the Mainland & The Art School Days
Moving to Orange County when I was 20 years old was an extremely exciting—and sometimes scary—time for me. I had never even driven a freeway before! So my days at FIDM began, where I initially thought my studies would lead me to creating ads for an agency or designing graphics for a surf magazine, but I felt my love for drawing and painting calling my name.
My first job after college was designing CD packaging in Hollywood, but when an opportunity in apparel graphics at Billabong popped up, I snagged the opportunity—no questions asked. Though I didn’t know anything about apparel graphics at the time, their art director gave me a chance, and I ran with it! Designing my first two seasons was an incredible experience. Learning how to translate art into graphics was a valuable lesson that I’ve carried with me every day since.
My First “I made it!” Moment
Seeing my art in Billabong stores and being worn by people on the street was a defining moment for me. I had two best sellers that season, and bought everything in the store that I designed, all of which were named after my friends and favorite places in Kaua’i.
My Dream Gig
Since I was young, I was obsessed with Roxy, so when I was offered an opportunity to join their design team in 2008, I was starstruck. Walking through those doors was one of the best days of my life, and although my time there was short-lived because of the economy, it was a dream come true to create art for a brand I idolized my entire life.
Spreading My Wings
After Roxy, I decided to explore the freelance world so that I could create art without being held down by a cubicle or corporate structure. I started working for a ton of brands, including Pacific Sunwear, a company that made bathing suits for Target, and Hinano Tahiti, which ended up being my main gig in Huntington Beach for the next seven years. It was a perfect fit for me. Designing island-style art for men and women’s apparel made me feel closer to home in some way. In the meantime, I learned a great deal about the design process—editing photos and creating graphics, textiles, photoshoots, catalogs, posters, and even web design.
Back to My Roots
In 2017, I was ready to leave my California life behind, and return home to the Garden Island with my now-husband Dylan, an Orange County based surfboard machinist.
Today, we spend our time enjoying the beautiful island, surfing, snorkeling for shells, playing with our niece and nephew, and spoiling our pet tortoise.
While I currently design for many clients (Hinano Tahiti, Mikoh, Kialoa, Crazy Shirts, and more), my dream is to turn my online shop into a real-life boutique here in Kaua’i. For now, I’ve turned my living room into my own personal art gallery, filling it with my pillows, surfboards, rugs, paintings, blankets, and bar stools. No amount of tropical pattern is too much for me!