Sao Jorge Castle Lisbon Portugal
Checking out the views from Sao Jorge Castle, Lisbon, Portugal

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.

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 to a new city, I became more obsessed with travel.

A watercolour painting of Lisbon Portugal
A watercolour painting of Lisbon, Portugal

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.

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?