Hawaii hosted its first ever #Instameet recently, and it was awesome! Honolulu Magazine held it at the coolest hotel in town, the Surfjack, and they asked me to paint a live mural! Guests were encouraged to mingle, enjoy tasty drinks and complete a scavenger hunt in order to win prizes. Part of the the hunt, was to add a little something to my mural. It was such a fun experience painting live like that, seeing people expressing themselves and having fun painting. I truly am so grateful for these opportunities to meet such amazing people all the time, it is what makes me happiest about being an artist.
Next time youre strolling through Kailua, make sure to take a pit stop at the cutest boutique on Kihapai Street, Betty X Joe. The new owner worked on a complete rebranding, one part being these awesome, tropical palms I painted on the outside wall. Hashtag yourself in front of it with #Palmwallkailua. I cant wait to see all your awesome photos out there!
Below are pictures from day done, with a fresh set of brushes and paints, all the way through to the last day, where I was gifted an incredible Haku Flower Crown.
This post is very overdue...the show was over a month ago already! Cant believe that much time has already gone by. It was the best night, filled with the best people. The gallery was buzzing all night! I am incredibly thankful for everyone who came out to the show for everyone's help in putting it together, especially the awesome team at The GreenroomGallery Hawaii Gallery and my main man Jon Fenny, and for all the love from family and friends near and far! It is a dream to be able to do this and it wouldn't be possible without all of you. My art and products are now permanently up at the Green Room Gallery. Be sure to check it out next time you're on Oahu, or in Waikiki!
I also want to give a very special shout out to Ari South too for making that beautiful dress, and Jon's Aloha shirt, featuring the our collaboration patterns, I love them! To see more of this collaboration, check out the design section of my website. Aloha friends!
Please save the date for January 26th, and join me for a very special evening at the Green Room Gallery in the International Marketplace. It is the Grand Opening of my Solo Show, Tropical Vibes! The show will feature 15 brand new, beautifully framed Paintings and Black and White drawings as well as clutches, hats and prints. There will also be an exciting, limited edition product I created in collaboration with Mie from HeavenlyMe!
The event is hosted by the GreenRoom Gallery, located in the Banyan Courtyard at the International Marketplace (2330 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815). The parking entrance is located at the intersection of Kuhio Ave and Walina St. A minimum purchase of $10 at any store is required for validation, including anything of mine you purchase from the Gallery. The event is free and open to the public, please share and invite friends! Contact me with any questions, I hope to see you all there.
This past weekend was the Third Annual Honolulu Fashion Week. I have been secretly collaborating with the incredible Ari South, creating Illustrations for her to turn into fabric. Ari has strong ties to the Hula Community, she wanted to create pieces that represented different Hawaiian Legends and Gods. It was truly an amazing experience researching Hawaiian history and the meaning behind plants and flowers which I had never known before. The line was presented at Friday's Local Luxe fashion show, it was so exciting seeing these, and Aris vision come down the runway! I cannot wait to share with all of you the rest of the patterns and designs, which are coming soon!
I am so honored to have had the opportunity to collaborate on this piece, and the bring so much color and happiness to the new Boys and Girls Club in Kailua. The piece is called “Hau’oli”, which means “happy” or “joy”, was created by Me, Leanna Wolff, Colleen Wilcox and Jamie Allen. Our goal was to add to the incredible space for young boys and girls of Kailua, and to hopefully inspire them all to follow their dreams too.
Aloha from Hawaii again friends! I am back to my little apartment, on a tiny dead end in quiet Kailua, and it feels so good to be home. My heart is completely full of happiness and gratitude after this past month. Between the Haleiwa Arts Festival, and the Isetan Tokyo Show, I can honestly say I am blown away by all of you, your kindness, love and support. I had expectations of how each event would go, but both exceeded anything I could have imagined. I will be hosting a sale on my webshop next week as a Thank you to everyone.
In the meantime, I am slowly catching up on emails, website edits and client meetings. Stay posted for all the exciting collaborations that are coming up around Hawaii soon.
Aloha friends! I am back to Hawaii this week, after an incredible time again in Osaka. The show at Hankyu was a huge success. I was blown away by how many people came back to say hi from last year, and the amount of new people I met, it is a feeling of happiness and gratitude I cannot explain. I want to also give a very special thank you to the Hankyu team that brought me over, as well as all of the sweet people that worked at my booth throughout week, I could not have done it without your amazing help.
My summer is still jam packed with events, you can find me this weekend, July 16th and 17th at the Haleiwa Art Festival. Another favorite event of mine, its such a great day, enjoying the beautiful North Shore out in the sun. Right after that, on Monday morning, I head back to Japan for another 5 day show. This will be my first time in Tokyo, it is at the Isetan Department store. Tokyo friends, find me there from July 20 - 25th - I am very excited to meet you all!
Aloha friends, Happy Almost Summer Solstice! Can you believe its Summer time again already? Isn't this the best time of year, long days, cool breezes, BBQs with friends and family. It is hard not to feel happy and thankful. Summer for me always consists of lots of shows, new collections and traveling. I just finished up my new line of paintings, which are below, and in the "Artwork" section. These paintings are coming to Japan with me next week, the first show is in Osaka, and the second is in Tokyo. You can also see beautiful giclees hanging in the Turtle Bay Art Gallery, or find me at the Haleiwa Art Festival in July. (A full description of the summer events is in the previous post). I also have a ton of brand new clutches, totes, temporary tattoos, prints and postcards! Once I have the photos done, everything will be online and ready to be shopped. Give my Facebook or Instagram a like to stay in the loop and for daily updates!
I am also so happy to announce that my Husband and I are back to Hawaii full time! I was commuting between Kailua and Tampa this past year, while my husband worked for the Florida Whole Foods. He recently started a new job with Good Clean Food, which is located right in Kailua. We just moved into our new place and are finally getting settled, and I just finished setting up my brand new studio. Although the time in Florida was fun, it feels so good to be back together, and back to Hawaii. Not to mention, it is amazing having his helping hand again when work gets a little too hectic for one person... We matted over 250 prints this weekend, I would have never been able to complete that on my own!
I also wanted to share with you the massive mural I just finished for Nordstrom Waikiki, which will be opening in the fall. The original is roughly 19x20, it is going to be blown up to 13 x 14 feet and placed on the main entrance. I cannot wait to see it in person! The wanted all green, all Hawaii plants and flowers.
Please make sure to stop by and say hello at the Summer events, or shoot me an email with any thoughts or questions. I love to hear from and meet you all. Have a wonderful day and rest of the week!
Aloha Friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful May and Spring. I have been super busy painting away in the studio, finishing up design jobs and working on a new line of paintings for all my summer events. Below is a map of when and where you can find me this summer! Please email me with any questions, and be sure to give me a like on Facebook and Instagram (LaurenRothArt) for sneak peaks of everything new!
Aloha friends, Im so excited to finally share these designs with you! A few months back I was asked to create the in store signage and marketing for PLAZA, a retail store with over 120 locations in Japan. The art I created will be printed and used in their stores for a 3 week Hawaii Promotion, starting on May 9th. It was such a fun challenge working on this, and pushing myself to create a cohesive set of work that would represent Hawaii in a unique and new way. I will be posting the final photos to the design section once they're ready. There will also be a fun give away coming up. Follow me on Instagram and Facebook to find out when and how to enter.
I have so a few more jobs that I am wrapping up this month, along with a brand new line of paintings and products! Make sure to check back in the next few weeks.
Hey Kailua friends - check out my work this week, hanging in the floral department of Whole Foods Market Kailua - in celebration of their 4 year birthday and Earth Day.
Working as an artist and designer for Whole foods was my first ever, and only job after college before going full time art. It's how I met my main man and also what brought us out to this beautiful island so many years ago. Although I don't work for them anymore, I feel such a strong connection and feeling of gratitude to them, so happy to be featured in the store this week as a Local Kailua Artist.
Thank you Whole Foods for the display and Happy Birthday!!
Aloha friends, Happy Monday and Happy April! I have been super busy in the studio the last few weeks finishing up freelance work and creating patterns for my Summer 2016 collection. I have 5 shows coming up in the next few months, three in Hawaii and two in Japan. One of my goals was to not only create new paintings, but also to have a whole new line of products for sale. Below is a little sneak of the patterns that I have been working on. Stay tuned to see what they will be used on and where you will be able to pick one up once they're ready.
In other very exciting news, my coloring book is now available for pre order! I will also have a limited edition available on my shop starting in June. But if you would like to guarantee you will get one, place your order on Amazon or Barnes and Noble now, they are even on sale at the moment! Check it out.
Aloha Friends! If you live on Oahu, I am sure you have already heard, the brand new Nordstrom is finally open and it is beautiful! The store is open, airy and full of natural light, it definitely puts you in a great mood while shopping. I worked on the branding last year, and finally just saw it all at the Grand Opening too. I was in shock, in a good way! It was amazing to see it on everything, literally everything! Theres even a bus driving around Waikiki featuring it haha. I was so beyond grateful to be a part of the team that put this store together, but also to have my actual products sold here, alongside so many other talented Hawaii designers (MEHawaii, Alison Izu, Janalam, Everything is Jake, Clark Little...just to name a few). If you have a chance, hit the mall and definitely take a look around, youll be sure to go home with a bag full of happiness.
Hello My Friends! It has been way too long since my last blog post, and so much has happened in that time, which I am going to catch you up on now. One of my goals for 2016 is to do a better job keeping on top of my website. It is so easy to let it fall to the side with everything else going on, but not anymore! Starting the year off strong with a post today and hoping to keep it up every time I have something to share, or an event coming up. I was so blown away this year by the amount of support, love and encouragement I received from all of you, I think the least I can do is keep this up to date....so here we go!
First things first, going all the way back to October. My family took a trip together, to celebrate the milestone of my Mom turning 60. It was the first time ever we have taken a trip together as adults, with our significant others, and it was a blast. I am incredibly blessed to have such amazing siblings, and to be able to take a trip like that together as a family. Half way through the trip, in a friendly, but competitive game of soccer, I fractured my right wrist. It was a blur, but I believe my immediate reaction was looking at my brother and saying...loudly..."that is my drawing hand!". It has been a long and sometimes frustrating road to recovery, but I am on the mend. I had my first physical therapy appointment today, and am slowly able to work again. It put me in a bit of a funk, but it did help me to refocus my personal and career goals, I feel like I am entering 2016 with a new level of clarity and drive. My incredibly kind and supportive husband helped to keep me on track too. Always lending a helping hand, literally, as well as a constant solid voice of reason.
I spent November and December in Hawaii, I was able to keep my same studio in Kailua, which has been so helpful for this bicoastal lifestyle my Husband and I are trying out. I didnt realize how much I missed it in Hawaii until I stepped off the plane. The breeze and freshness in the air brought instant happiness. While there, I participated in a Honolulu Night Market, had two personal appearances at Nordstrom to promote the new store with my designs and the products they carry, attended the store opening for Hakunbundo, had several photo shoots with new clients and magazines, as well as a ton of meetings. Plus a little beach time and lots of time catching up with friends. It was definitely a packed and productive two months! I will post more details about each as I have more pictures, in the meantime, there is a little sneak peek below.
I also worked on several fun design jobs, which will also be posted to my design section once the finals are in. They include, a wetsuit line, temporary tattoos, patterns for a local bag company, and a coloring book, you can also see mini previews below.
Lastly! One of my main goals for 2016 was to expand my product line. Thankfully I was able to get all the work done I wanted to for that before breaking my wrist, and the products are just now starting to come in. I have had so much fun and success with the little white clutches, those are still available, but now in more than one pattern. I am working on a third, as well as a higher end bag. I now also have a line of printed trucker hats, which will be available in 4 different designs, as well as two new t-shirts. My shop is turned off while I am in Florida, but will be back up and running in March, where you can see and purchase the new items. They will also be available at select retail locations in Hawaii, including Sand People and Nordstroms. Stay posted to see when and where.
All in all 2015 really was an amazing year. I had my first trip to Japan, a goal I have been working towards for three years (I am going back again twice this summer!) I met and collaborated with so many incredible and inspiring people, worked on a new line of paintings, revamped my website, partially moved to Florida, and so much more. I truly can say, I would not be able to do all that I do if it was not for the support I feel from all of you. One of my main motivators to working is having the chance to connect with new people, and seeing people smile. A very genuine and heartfelt thank you to all of you. Much Love and Aloha to all of you as you enter in to the New Year.
Happy Aloha Friday friends! I hope you all had another great week...and September so far. Florida friends, find me this weekend at the Harbour Island Art Walk on Sunday from 12-5. Super excited for my first event in the Sunshine state! Find all the details on their website below. I will have hats, clutches, stationary, art and more! http://www.harbourislandartwalk.com/#/home
Aloha My Friends! What a summer it has been! I still need to write a blog about the show and trip to Japan (that will be the next one, I promise!). Many of you have been asking via email lately where you can find my work, I created a map (pictured below) to show you which store and what Island you can find them on. You can also follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, under Lauren Roth Art, to always stay up with the latest. I update those almost daily...unlike this blog! As you might know, my webshop is closed for the next few weeks, normally you can find all of my products on there as well. In the meantime, thank you for shopping local and for all the love and support of my work. The second bit of news, which you may have gathered by the title of this post, is that I am working from Tampa for the next few months! My husband works for Whole Foods and was recently promoted to a position down here. We came down together in April to find a place to live, and then I went back to Hawaii to prepare for Japan. I still have my studio in Kailua, and will continue working in both states. So far I love the vibe of Florida, it seems to be thriving with art and culture. I would love to meet and connect with anyone in the area, please feel free to email me and reach out. I will be heading back to Hawaii around the holidays for a few upcoming shows, stay posted for all the details as to when and where. Have a great week everyone! Aloha.
Aloha Friends! I just updated the shop section with brand new greeting cards, postcards and the last of the hand painted trucker hats. I will be closing the webshop the first week of August through October, stock up while you can! Enter the code "Julylove" to save 10% on all orders. Any order over $100 comes with a free Aloha Tote. Thank you for all the love and support!
Hello Friends! I am finally here and all set up in Japan for the Hawaii Fair, happening this week in Osaka. If you live in Japan, come say Hello today through the 7th, from 10-8 at the Hankyu Department store. I've been blown away with love and support the past two days from all of you. I am so happy to be here and to have met everyone that has stopped by. Looking forward to more laughs, smiles and pictures with all of you. Filled with Aloha!
Aloha my friends! I am sitting in complete bliss today after such an incredible day yesterday. To extend my feelings of Joy and Gratitude to you all, I am having 10% off everything from now till Thursday. Use the Code: JOYFUL during checkout in order to receive your discount. Thank you all so much for coming to Ocean Fest yesterday, and to those who also went to support World Oceans Day. It was beautiful meeting and seeing you all, I couldn't be more filled with Joy!