Visual Arts

Lucky '13: Lauren Seip of Lowbrow Arts and Ladies Fancywork Society

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Westword: Your store has such a childlike approach to creativity. Were you into crafty arts when you were young? Lauren Seip: I think I was definitely the weird art kid. There's always going to be one of those, the one who has to paint every pair of shoes and just ruin everything. I take that same approach now, which keeps art a little less precious and a little more approachable.

Was your creativity encouraged when you were a kid?

My parents were pretty down with it. When I decided to go to art school instead of business school, they were a little: You're going to be a starving artist! But once they started looking into it a bit more, they came around.

Though you eventually did go into business.

Exactly. Which means a business degree would have been just as useful at that point. Because I also studied animation, which I don't ever do now.

We spoke with Matthew Brown of Fancy Tiger recently, who said that if he'd gone to business school he might never have started a business. Do you feel that's true for you?

I went to art school because I wanted something less traditional, less like my father. And then I ended up working in some very corporate situations. The idea of a commercial artist starving away, painting canvasses is just not how it is now. There's so much opportunity to work in commercial art. But it is a corporate world, there's paid time off and office hours and meetings and memos, so I ended up being in that same environment, making art for people.

Do you feel that Denver is supportive of its art community?

Oh yeah, definitely. Especially for a small city, Denver is huge right now. Everyone is so creative, and so supportive of each other. I feel like I somehow walked into this group of amazing people. And I don't know how it happened, but it's awesome. Denver isn't really that big, so it's easy to meet a lot of people and get a good sense of what's going on here. There's so much happening all the time.

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