Recently married and illustrator extraordinaire! We came across Lauren through a friend of a friend and had the pleasure of seeing her works showcased at the 2014 Sydney Finders Keepers market.

S:  Can you tell us what led you to become an illustrator?

L: I’ve always had a love of children’s books and illustration. I have vivid memories of spending hours pouring over my picture books as a child, that continued into my adult like so I guess it like a natural thing for me to do. I studied Design & Illustration at Enmore Design Centre to get my skills up and to have the amazing opportunity to learn more about the world of illustration.

S: What is the best project you have worked on?

L: Oh man! So many great projects, I think every picture book I’ve worked on has been an incredible experience. I think the best projects are the ones that challenge me in what I think I’m capable of and force me to grow. I’ve got 2 picture books coming out in the next 6 months which were amazing projects to work on.

S: Draw the contents of your bag.

S: What 5 words best describe your art?

L: Whimsical, natural, innocent, simple and organic.

S: Who would you swap lives with for a day?

L: I’d love to be Karen O for a day.  She wears incredible costumes and is a total rock-star! Complete opposite to me.

S: Your most watched movie is?

L: I have a couple: “Death at a Funeral” and “Little Miss Sunshine” make me laugh every time.  I also love the art direction of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and “Away We Go”.

S: Draw your most memorable birthday cake.

L: My 4th birthday cake was a space ship at my fairy dress up party!


Lauren Merrick Illustration / SHOP

After graduating from Enmore Design Centre, Lauren has taken her passion of illustration and transformed it into beautiful art prints, greetings cards, custom family portraits and illustration works for children’s books. Designer of logos and whimsical creatures, her watercolour images will leave you wishing for more beauty in your life and home. Which is why…

We want to give one lucky Spoonful reader a copy of Lauren’s “Mountains” art print to colour up your walls with. To enter, simply head over to Lauren Merrick Illustration and comment to tell us which of Lauren’s works is your favourite and why.

The winner will be announced 2 weeks from today – GOODLUCK!

S x 

All images featured within the Visual Poetry with Lauren Merrick article were 
designed and supplied to us by Lauren Merrick and all images remain her property.


  • Comment by Theresa — January 20, 2015 @ 12:40 am

    i just LOVE the octopus holding flowers….who knew they were so soft? What, with flowers and all….

  • Comment by Chantelle — January 20, 2015 @ 4:03 am

    Love the moon illustration! And the mountains. Beautiful colors in both and I have a thing for the moon :)

  • Comment by Andree — January 20, 2015 @ 12:44 pm

    I just love ‘Floating’ this is my favorite thing to do in Summer and if the waves aren’t too big I can spend ages floating on my back in the ocean

  • Comment by Lyn — January 20, 2015 @ 5:04 pm

    The whale is gorgeous. Lauren has captured beautifully the reflection of the sun bouncing off the whale through the water. Such a ‘moment in time’ feeling.

  • Comment by Gabriella — January 20, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

    My favorite print is the moon phase print as I could get lost in that deep, starry blue night sky for hours and hours.

  • Comment by vmhughes — January 21, 2015 @ 4:36 am

    I don’t know if this will satisfy your request, but I am struck by the ‘contents of [her] bag.’ As a teacher of literature (public high school), visual literacy is overlooked as both an important skill and as a mechanism for expressing what words often fail to do. The delicacy of her drawings speak to the intimacy of this moment. I’m surreptitiously peeking into a private space.

  • Comment by kirstenL — January 21, 2015 @ 8:19 pm

    I’ve fallen in love with her whale illustration. Its beautiful and detailed – a breath of colour and whimsicalness to cheer up the day.

  • Comment by Suzy — January 21, 2015 @ 9:26 pm

    The pelican, he’s up for a party and has a cheeky look in his eye. It reminds me of my mum who’s forever capturing pics of Pelicans.

  • Comment by Lee Isherwood — January 24, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Ha ha, I love the animal ones with a whimsical approach that make me laugh. Fav would have to be the snake that has wiggled its body into a yay. He looks so happy it’s his birthday.

  • Comment by Gaye — January 25, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    My favourite would have to be the cheeky echidna who has learnt to fly with the help of helium.

  • Comment by PETE — January 25, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    Moon I Watercolour
    I was always told to aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.

  • Comment by Kelly J R — January 30, 2015 @ 11:04 pm

    I have been obsessed with the night sky and the moon of lately so I do love the water colour print Moon Phase. Also I have a very active, manx kitty named Luna.


  • Comment by Laura — February 16, 2015 @ 2:20 am

    Moon. Because I’m swallowed whole by it. It brings peace and connectedness. It makes me feel grounded in it’s wholeness. Lauren brought to it a great depth. The moon feels like home.

  • Comment by Beca — February 17, 2015 @ 7:23 am

    So hard to choose amongst all that brilliance! But I adore the Whale. He looks like any ordinary whale at first, and then you realise he’s different. A pop of colour here, an interesting shape there. It’s like he’s a dreamer, he’s an individual and he knows it by the look on his face. He’s got something more to give than all the other whales. It’s super creative and speaks so much freedom & sparkle, and is absolutely gorgeous!

  • Comment by Anthea — February 17, 2015 @ 8:58 am

    freedom & sparkle are definitely things we can agree on! Thanks for the lovely comment Rebecca. x

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