Sometimes great inspiration comes from a meeting of minds, or in the case of first-time UCU vendor LaRu, a meeting of crafters. Two years ago at a monthly craft night Lauren, owner of LaRu, experimented with resin, clay and magazine images and found she loved the materials but didn't like using other peoples images. With lots of experimentation she found she could integrate her own drawings with resin to create wearable art!
UCU: What is your favorite part about Urban Craft Uprising and other large-scale craft shows?
LR: Specifically for UCU, my favorite part is the fabulous array of artists and amazing things they create. Every booth is different and at each booth you can find something intriguing and unique.
UCU: What sets your company apart from others who offer similar products?
LR: I haven't seen anyone offering similar products to mine...yet. The main thing that sets my wearable art apart from other people who put their drawings on jewelry is that I hand make each pendant backer. Most people use manufactured metal frames or scrabble tiles. My drawings vary so much in scale and shape, that I make my own pendant to fit each individual drawing. It is more time consuming this way, but it gives me the freedom to work without size/shape limitations and gives me an opportunity to sign the back of each piece.
UCU: What do you like best about crafting/creating your product?
LR: I like the stage of my process where I add resin to my drawings. Sometimes the colors change slightly or pieces appear to pop more; I really just like how much it seems to enhance my drawings. The downside - the stink of resin.
Many thanks to Lauren of LaRu for answering our questions. Necklaces, belt buckles, end tables; we can't wait to see what she has to offer at the show in three weeks! For a sneak preview check out her Etsy shop: