MY ARTIST STORY
Hi! My name is Lauren Taylor-Davis and I'm a Graphic and Textile Artist born and raised in Kilauea on Kauai. As you can see, I’m in love with Hawaiian patterns and everything they represent—tropical scenics, leafy palms, and bright colorful florals.
I have spent over 15 years as a Graphic Artist designing Textiles and Graphics for iconic surf brands including Billabong, Roxy, Crazy Shirts, PacSun, Rusty, and Hinano Tahiti. Lauren Taylor Creations is my brand that started in 2013 and here is how it all began.
Where it All Began
Now, let me start from the beginning. While growing up in Kilauea, surfing was my life. I spent my high school years competing in longboard contests, collaging my bedroom walls, and creating handmade greeting cards. I taught myself photoshop in high school and began taking drawing, painting, and sewing classes after school.
After graduating high school, I enrolled at Kauai Community College where I learned Chinese Brush Painting, Watercolor & Acrylics, and the basics of drawing. After 2 years at KCC, I decided to move to California and pursue my dreams in art and design. This was a life-changing step that would define my path for the next several years.
My Move to the Mainland & Design School
I was 20 years old when I moved to Orange County to attend FIDM with a major in Graphic Design. While at FIDM I learned about layouts, fonts, and all the design programs. Some of my first opportunities were designing scarves for the LA port and CD packaging with an Art Director in Hollywood.
But being a surfer, I knew I wanted to work closer to brands that I grew up knowing and loving. So in 2007, an opportunity in the Juniors Department at Billabong came to my attention. The Art Director gave me my first chance as a Graphic Artist. I joined a team of 4 artists designing graphics for the Juniors clothing line.
My First “I made it!” Moment
Seeing my art on clothing in Billabong stores was a huge moment for me. I designed for 2 Seasons with Billabong and had 2 best sellers to top it off. By the summer of 2008, another opportunity presented itself to me and it was bigger than I could have ever dreamed of.
My Dream Gig
Being a surfer girl from Kauai, I couldn’t believe I was interviewing at the Roxy Headquarters in Huntington Beach. As a teen, my entire wardrobe and bedroom was designed by Roxy. After being completely Starstruck in my interview, I was hired to join the team of artists. But being that it was 2008 and the economy was changing, my time at Roxy was short lived. Designing 2 collections for my dream brand was one of the highlights of my career.
Spreading My Wings
After Roxy, I decided to try the freelance world of designing. I had a portfolio full of Billabong and Roxy art which opened many doors for me. I began freelancing with Rusty, Oneill, PacSun, Crazy Shirts, Add-Black, and Hinano Tahiti. With so many new opportunities I began learning more about Textile Design, Web Design, Catalog Design, Product Photography, and tech packing apparel for production.
The Start of My Brand
While I enjoyed freelancing for many years, I needed an outlet to create art for myself. So, in 2013 I started an Etsy shop and Lauren Taylor Creations was born. Over the years, I created art for notecards, tech products, and beach accessories for my online shops.
Back to My Roots
Jumping ahead to 2017, I moved back to Kauai after 13 years of living on the mainland. I decided to dive deeper into Lauren Taylor Creations and create more home products and fun accessories with a brand new logo and ecommerce store. In 2018, I did my first Pop Up shop on Kauai and started wholesaling my products on the island.
My Brand Today
In 2021, I turned off my Freelance business and now Lauren Taylor Creations is my full time business. My products are now being sold on Kauai, Maui, Oahu and all across the US. I do my Pop Up shops every weekend here on Kauai and I’m loving every minute of sharing my art with you. Thank you so much for reading my story and supporting my shop! It truly means the world to me.
Thank you, Lauren