Once upon a light year, there was an idea. An idea greater than any other. An idea that manifests the highest good, celebrates all the differences, uplifts all the living creatures and most of all, idea that comes from a foundation that everything is connected.
We are going through years of changes, opportunities but most of all the greatest human potential. Let’s connect and join our energy to make Universal Playground the best possible place to be. If you could change one thing in the world for the better, what would it be?
Universal Playground connected with amazing creature Ooh Lauri, who created with us this amazing world of UTOPIA. What was her inspiration, thought process and message?
Who are you Lauri and what makes you draw?
People call me Laura, Laurita, Lupe and Lauri. I am a dancer, artist, student, curious, impatient, hungry, observant, scattered and playful. When I grow I want to be something with tendrils, multiple ears, a sharp tongue and a smelly smile. I have always been drawing. It has always come to me most naturally. I can be quite a hermit at times, so drawing fits with the need to dwell in my own worlds in peace.
What was the thought process of creating UTOPIA?
First I chose that none of the inhabitants of Utopia should look like we are used to perceive each other, no human “normality” allowed. I wanted the utopia to be lively, quirky, vibrant and peacefully weird – not just soft, meek and fluffy. Even a utopia needs still to be a challenging place: challenge sparks growth. I also wanted to mix up the four elements somehow. The sky is melting into the sea, the earth level is actually below the sea, day and night are excising at the same time, the earth is light as the air, the space is leaking to the earth and so on.
Where are you getting inspiration?
Music. Absolutely. I listen to a lot of music while I draw and kind of steer my creativity towards the vision I have. A dear friend of mine said well that the music is more like in the foreground of creating visuals instead of playing in the background. I was also very inspired by Hayao Miyazaki’s worlds and Luigi Serafinis Codex Seraphinianus (Look it up!). I also want to thank my Pinterest and Instagram feeds.
And finaly the question of this year: If you could change one thing in the world for the better, what would it be?
I wish I could throw into garbage the beliefs that we are fundamentally more different from each other than we are similar and connected. Or climate change – not to be a complete artsy idiot now.