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#017 – Lauren Phelps: On Creativity, Pursuing Dreams, and Motherhood

Lauren Phelps is an accomplished creative entrepreneur. I first knew Lauren as she achieved great success with her clothing line LEONA then as a client when I had the opportunity to photograph several seasonal lookbooks of her fashion designs.

“But for me the art is like my sacred place, and I don’t want it to ever not be because that’s when it becomes something I don’t want it to be in my life.”

~Lauren Phelps

She has continued her creative endeavors since then and now lives in New York where she continued her work in fashion then turned into an even deeper creative direction, which, of course, we talk about here.

And as always, we feature a Non-Profit Spotlight selected by our guest. Kick back and enjoy this conversation with Lauren Phelps.

 

 


WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:02:20 Nashville Fashion Week “Nashville Fashion Forward Fund” award
  • 0:08:58 Where Lauren’s creativity comes from
  • 0:13:03 CEO as a title
  • 0:20:20 Closing LEONA
  • 0:23:14 Sweet home Alabama
  • 0:28:28 Alabama to Nashville to New York
  • 0:31:10 Why Paris
  • 0:31:34 COO of Brandon Maxwell
  • 0:34:37 Non-Profit Spotlight: Samual Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
  • 0:36:59 Lauren’s mother
  • 0:43:32 How motherhood has impacted Lauren’s work and world
  • 0:47:17 “Each baby brings its own loaf of bread”
  • 0:49:26 Motherhood and mothering without a mother
  • 0:54:16 Moving to visual arts
  • 0:58:21 Choosing materials for mixed media pieces
  • 0:59:40 Lauren’s creative process
  • 1:02:37 Monochromania
  • 1:05:37 My creative envy
  • 1:08:03 Conversation as an audio portrait
  • 1:11:03 “If you could have one more conversation with your Mom…”
  • 1:12:44 Closing remarks

GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Lauren Phelps at these links
Official Website | Instagram | Facebook


RELATED INFO

Here’s a small sampling of pieces from Lauren’s clothing line LEONA, discussed in this episode from 0:02:20 – 0:23:14. Over a two-year period, Lauren created 350+ pieces.

 

 

 

Lauren Phelps photographed in her art studio. Photo courtesy of Lauren Phelps.

 

“Origin” mixed media by Lauren Phelps

 

“Interface” mixed media by Lauren Phelps

 

Finally, toward the end of our conversation (at 1:09:13), the topic turns to the give-and-take exchange that makes a good conversation as described in the give-and-take exchange of a photographic portrait session. Here are two film clips from Somewhere In Time with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. First clip below sets the scene…

…and this clip delivers the magic. Enjoy.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

This episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight supports Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. The mission of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation (SWCRF) is to eradicate cancer by funding collaborative cross-institutional research that identifies and corrects abnormal gene function that causes cancer. This research is the basis for developing minimally toxic treatments for patients, which is particularly crucial for children and seniors battling cancer.

Learn more about Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation at www.waxmancancer.org.


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#006 – Elizabeth Foster: Painter, Musician, Dreamer

Elizabeth Foster is a beyond-talented artist whose work you really need to see and hear. We talk about her early music career, world travels, uber-fantastic paintings she creates that are must-see (truly), how she makes a living as a full-time artist, and how much I really want an Elizabeth Foster tattoo. Definitely visit the show notes to see her work.

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WHAT WE TALK ABOUT

  • 0:01:48 Early music career
  • 0:03:52 Touring Ukraine
  • 0:08:20 Hannah & Elizabeth and solo music
  • 0:13:12 Collecting Elizabeth Fosters
  • 0:17:23 Tattoos
  • 0:22:35 Origin of her style
  • 0:33:18 Animals as muses
  • 0:40:22 Current projects
  • 0:42:49 Even more Elizabeth Fosters
  • 0:44:36 Personal work vs Commissions
  • 0:51:01 Non-Profit Spotlight
  • 0:52:50 What Elizabeth sees in her dreams
  • 0:57:54 The NeverEnding Story and storm chasing
  • 1:02:47 Life in a creative household
  • 1:04:44 First-time parent later in life

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GUEST SOCIALS

Learn more about Elizabeth at these links and treat your eyes and ears to the creative mind of Elizabeth Foster.
Official Website | Etsy  | Instagram | Spotify


RELATED INFO

Follow Elizabeth to learn about new art openings, including her new solo show at Lark & Key Gallery & Boutique in Charlotte, NC from April 6, 2018 through May 26, 2018.

Info about Yalta Conference mentioned in segment about touring Ukraine.

See below for photos of items and artworks discussed in this episode.

Solo album by Elizabeth Foster called San Francsco

Solo album by Elizabeth Foster called San Francisco. Listen on Spotify or purchase a copy from Amazon.

Hand tattoo designs mentioned early in the episode.

 "The Writer" 30x40 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Writer” 30×40 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "This Little Light of Mine" 8x10 acrylic on canvas board by Elizabeth Foster

“This Little Light of Mine” 8×10 acrylic on canvas board by Elizabeth Foster

 "Scrimshaw, Sailor of the Deep" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“Scrimshaw, Sailor of the Deep” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

"The Bear and The Bass" by Elizabeth Foster

“The Bear and The Bass” by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Beauty of a Rare Find" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Beauty of a Rare Find” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Meeting in the Middle" 36x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Meeting in the Middle” 36×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

 "The Incredible Race" 48x60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

“The Incredible Race” 48×60 acrylic on canvas by Elizabeth Foster

Julie Lee, Sarah Siskind, and Elizabeth Foster pictured backstage while on tour together. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Foster.

Julie Lee, Sarah Siskind, and Elizabeth Foster pictured backstage while on tour together. Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Foster.


NON-PROFIT SPOTLIGHT

Elizabeth has selected Safe Haven as her episode’s Non-Profit Spotlight. Safe Haven is the only shelter-to-housing program of its kind in Middle Tennessee that accepts the entire homeless family. They keep the family together and provide comprehensive services that empower them to achieve lasting self-sufficiency.

 


RELATED PRODUCTS

Here’s a list of products mentioned in our conversation. These are affiliate links from which Collected Clan receives a small commission at no additional cost to you that offsets costs of producing these episodes.

San Francisco, solo album by Elizabeth Foster