I’m so thrilled to be writing my first post on my shiny new blog. I’m Lauren and The Fig’s Heart is a project I started to organize my ideas. It’s been a long time in the making and I’m very excited that everything has come together and I finally have a place to call home. The Fig’s Heart is a collection of things I love. I like to think of it as my lab, a place where ignited curiosity leads to experimentation, investigation, and observation. When I imagine myself welcoming you through the grande french doors at the entrance of my blog it always makes me think of this scene…
Initially I wanted to create a space to easily organize articles, pictures, and anything else I would normally file away for safe keeping or put in the pile titled rainy-day material. This idea quickly combined with other ideas I had and turned into many-many hours of planning, designing, and late night sketching to form what you see now.
A long-term friend of mine, Court Dheenshaw, designed the illustrations. He is a very talented artist with a degree in Graphic Design and it was a lot of fun working with him. The inspirations for these sketches came from my sincere fondness for Parisian macarons, Russian matryoshka dolls, and plants. The flower image came from a classical illustration of shepherd’s purse found in an 1897 high school version of The Elements of Structural Botany: Canadian Plants by W. J. Gage & Company (pg.24). Amelia Sutjiadi, creator of ArtOverMatter, combined these sketches with her technical skill and completed all the backstage work that put this website together. I owe a huge thank you to Amelia and Court for their patience and dedication!
I chose the name because I’m fascinated with the human body as a whole, but I’ve always had a strong interest in hearts. There are a handful of things that bring me complete bliss simply by looking at them. Figs are one. If you cut a fig in half, it forms the shape of a (non-anatomical) heart. Voila!
My ultimate goal for this blog is to connect with others who have the same passions, and to share the joy created through expression with anyone searching for it.
Life is sweet! It’s so nice to meet you.