We had the good fortune of connecting with Lauren Clark and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lauren, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
It’s the only thing I’ve ever known and have ever been really passionate about. There has been many times in my career where I have wanted to throw in the towel. At the end of the day I can’t give up on myself. I’ve come this far by being creative and never losing faith that it’s what I am meant to do.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I consider myself a “Renaissance Woman”. I am a Graphic Designer by day and a fine- art illustrator by night. The biggest success I have found in my career is being able to use my creative talents to help people and raise awareness. I started my graphic design career making logos for people by word of mouth and eventually it lead me to my first “real art job” in 2017 where I worked for 3 years designing race medals for marathons all throughout the country through a race promotion company in St. Charles, Illinois. Being able to help people come up with race logos that helped bring in money for cancer, fundraisers, and other nonprofits was an amazing feeling. Unfortunately in March of 2020 I lost my medal designer gig when the whole world stopped running. It forced me to pick up my boot straps and completely reinvent my own brand. That is when I put my all into “LC Clark Creations”. I since then have been able to build up several clients that range from beauty products to selling fire apparatus. One client that I am extremely proud of is Illinois Firefighter Peer Support. I have been working with them on a six month contract to promote their symposium for mental health. Being able to use my designs to help first responders who risk it all is extremely fulfilling. I couldn’t be more proud to create content for such a wonderful organization. I have also illustrated two children’s books and am currently working on my third. I illustrated my first book in 2011 while I was still in art school, it is about a boy and his brother with autism titled “My Brother” and was written by a Behavioral Therapist to help kids better understand their siblings with autism. The second book I Illustrated I also wrote and published, it is called “Quarenteam” and it is about kids using their imagination at home while being stuck at home in the beginning of the pandemic. My current project is a tribute to my daughter who is on the spectrum with sensory sensitivity, It is a rollicking story exploring our emotions through nature since that is the lesson I am currently trying to teach her and she loves being outside. I hope to have it finished by summer to read to her under her favorite tree.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would definitely take them to my home town,Chicago. We would get deep dish pizza and go sing karaoke songs at Brando’s Speakeasy that was once a home to me and all my artist friends in art school. The next day we could visit a local farm out by where I currently live in the country side of Hinckley, IL and support local farmers. I’d end the itinerary with a trip to the Sensory Garden Park in Lisle, IL, where they work really hard to include all children, and it’s a really beautiful place to see.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My whole family has always been extremely supportive of me following my dreams and pursuing a career in the arts. There is one person that really lit the flame, and that is my daughter. I had her in the summer of 2019 about 8 months before the world turned on it’s side. She has given me a reason to never give up and to push myself out of my comfort zone and chase the dreams I once never thought possible.

Website: Lcclarkcreations.com

Instagram: @LCClarkCreations

Facebook: Facebook.com/LCCLARKCREATIONS

Image Credits
Lyndell Clark

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