Hi and welcome to Pack & Paint! I’m Lauren, a 23-year-old textile designer from Manchester, UK who has a huge passion for art, textiles and travelling the world.

Totally loving New Orleans even in the pouring rain!!

My story

From a young age, I have always loved to travel and I have always been creative. After leaving school, I studied Art and Design at college before heading to university for three years to study Textiles and Surface Design. It was during my time at university that I started to travel more regularly, using my income from my part-time job in retail to travel as much as I could while also studying for my degree. Each time I visited a new city, I became more obsessed with travel.

Admiring the views from the Top of the Rock, New York City, USA

Why did I call my blog Pack & Paint?

Not only do I find exploring a new city incredibly exciting, but travel also inspires my art and design work. I often spend my free time creating paintings or textile art that have been inspired by my travels around the globe. I started this blog to not only document my adventures around the world (and to share tips) but to also share my creative side – hence the name of this blog.

Details of a watercolour painting of a doorway in Lisbon, Portugal

I hope to inspire others to book that plane ticket, get creative and do whatever it is that they love. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.

Why not come and join me on my travels?




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