Lauren Paige Conrad is a self-taught illustrator based in Asheville, NC. She received a BS in textiles from the University of Georgia in 2008, before going on to study fashion design at FIDM San Francisco. After working in product development and with small-scale textile studios, Lauren turned to illustration in 2016. She settled into a collage aesthetic that focuses on themes of mischief, homemade childhood, and everyday life. Lauren’s work is comprised of cut paper, gouache, colored pencil, and neo-color crayon.

The beginning of parenthood and illustration go hand-in-hand for Lauren, but it is truly a lifetime love for picture books that fuels her work. Lauren’s first illustrated book Your One and Only Heart (Dial, written by Rajani LaRocca) will be published in Spring 2023.

Clients include:

Bravery Magazine, Issues 8, 11, and 12
Happinez / HappiKids, Issue 3
Be Ready Explorers, Issue 1
Kazoo, cover artist Issue 20
Aww Magazine, Issue 2
Boxed Water, 2017, 2020
Frankie Magazine, Issue 89 featured artist
Papercraft Ideas Book, 2020 artist contributor