Lauren VanOsten, Stationery and Custom Portrait Artist

Lauren VanOsten, Stationery and Custom Portrait Artist

made in buffalo greeting cards by lauren vanosten

greeting cards made in buffalo by tiny buffalo designsWhat is your name?
Lauren VanOsten

What is the name of your business?
Tiny Buffalo Designs

Where can customers follow your work?
Facebook | Instagram

How did you end up in Buffalo? Are you a Buffalo native?
My husband and I moved to Buffalo from Illinois for work

How did you become a ShopCraft member?
I found ShopCraft and Instagram and reached out to Christa. Hi Christa! 

In what way(s) is your work and/or lifestyle environmentally friendly?
I am working on changing my materials and shipping supplies to be more environmentally friendly.

Describe your creative process in as much detail as possible:
For my cards, I get inspiration from everyday events, activities, and things. It might be a certain food I had that day or something that I heard someone say as they passed by. I’ll jot it down in my notes app on my phone – I currently have a never ending list.

What does it mean to you to be a member of an artist collective like ShopCraft?
It’s a great opportunity to learn from other local Buffalo artists.

How do you order your wings?
Extra crispy with extra sauce.

What is the most meaningful thing a customer/client has said to you about your work?
I once did a pet portrait for a client and they said it was the most heartfelt and endearing gift that they have ever received.

If you could share a piece of advice with people who think they are ‘not creative’, or don’t think their art is ‘good enough’, what would it be?
“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.” – Maya Angelou

What about Buffalo inspires you?
The food. 🙂

What super power do you wish you had?
Teleportation – it would save so much time.

What is your favorite charitable organization?
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF)

Tell us a joke:
Q: What kind of shorts do clouds wear? A: Thunderwear

What is your most prized possession?
My dog, Griswold.

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