Sunday, 31 July 2011

Because I have an attention span the size of a small orange fish...

Without hardly starting the last project I set myself, I have started a new one!

Friday night when at Spotlight to choose a pattern for my Mum (the best knitter ever) to knit for Chris (he is going to get and amazing man-cardigan with TOGGLES!). I found the first pattern that actually inspired me to lean to knit for myself instead of passing it on to Mother Dear to make for me.
Little and Friends!!!! Squweeeeeee!
So I started this afternoon, with the help of the full colour pictorial instructions in the back. Its a bit fiddly and if you ask Chris I did scream at the book a little (lot), but once I really concentrated and put on that awful face that is similar to one used in "alone moments" I was quite successful.
My first attempt so far.
Hopefully my skills will improve and the fiddly bits like the legs will get neater as I practice more. I am also totally inspired to think of ways to enhance and personalise this critters after seeing the writers own page too.
I am also loving the sense of pride I fell with every row, as I am sure my mother feels knowing that I have finally taken up her favourite pastime.

My other project is not forgotten and I have done a few other fashion illustrations as well, will maybe post some when I feel they are up to scratch.

YAY! Inspiration!

Thursday, 28 July 2011

I couldn't stop watching this

This is just too good.
I want to hug her... I want to be her.... I want dancing men(?) in pink dresses... I want the giant box of mac 'n cheese!

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

First step

Well I have written a list/outline of what I want to achieve in my sketchbook, and because drawing something that resembles a human I found this website full of free fashion figures. Yay!
She looks human enough!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


My huge Swatch collection :(
One thing about Chris (my hubby) and myself is that we love watches! I am a massive fan of the Swatch Watch and have a huge collection of... two. The size of my collection is a problem and must be remedied quickly! September 1st can not come any faster as it has just been announced as the world wide release date for the new Swatch art collection. YAY!

Have a look at these babies... 
Kidrobot for Swatch
"Kidrobot and Swatch have teamed up to make a collection of eight Swatch watches using the colorful art of well-loved street artists Gary Baseman, Jeremyville, Frank Kozik, Joe Ledbetter, MAD, Tara McPherson, SSUR, and Tilt. Each Swatch in this collection will come with their own 3-inch coordinating Dunny vinyl art figure. The Swatch/Dunny sets will be available worldwide on September 1, 2011." - laughingsquid

I don't know if I can wait that long! I don't know which one I want! They come with matching vinyl toys!!!!!!!

Help me choose

If I write this here I might actually follow through

So lately I have been feeling in my creative life like a lazy slob. This is reflecting badly on all the other areas of my life, and has not been helped by recently retuning home from a month in Europe to a really slow period at work. So not dwelling on what I haven't been doing and focusing on what I can do about it.... PROJECT TIME!

It is somewhat of an ambition of mine to one day move from a print related design area to a more fashion/textile design area, but my portfolio (which is also 4 years out of date) does not reflect this. I need some fashion sketches, proof that even though I complain about trends I still understand and follow them and just something that shows while I have had a full time design job I have not spent my free time watching repeat episodes of Friends (and still crying when Monica and Chandler get married).

I was totally overwhelmed last night not having any idea where to begin this project, so I hopped into bed with a book so I wouldn't spend a sleepless night stressing about it. (My current book of choice is the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins, yes I love young adult fiction).  This morning as was driving to work and thinking about revamping my portfolio, I was thinking about how I would juggle this project and my reading time. Then I had an Idea of where to start! I will try and illustrate my interpretations of the costumes described in the book as if they were to be street-wear!

So now i have a project... the only issue is not letting it distract me from my paid work, but also thinking of it as something to look forward to and help me get through the day when my paid work can get rather tiresome.

Wish me luck Sarah

Monday, 18 July 2011

Who wants a 20 Foot Animatronic Triceratops?!?

Woha Baby! I think she is giving me the eye.
I do! I do!
But where would I put it? I'm sure my dog would find it quite intimidating and not want it in her yard. Can I convince my husband that we should buy a $350,000 dino instead of a house? Who am I kidding he would totally be up for that! Do you think we could live inside it Trojan style?

Today I found Hammacher Schlemmer. It is this crazy sight that sells some really normal and some really weird stuff. Like The Fish Agility Training Set or The Rowbike (who would have thought that cycling wasn't enough exorcise in the first place).

Can you tell I have just worked out how to make links?


Sunday, 17 July 2011

Umm this worries me.. but the others are awesome!

Who on earth would want Steve Buscemi hugging this closely on your frame? I, the same as this girl would also be tugging on the dress trying to get him as far away from me as possible. Don't get me wrong every time i see a movie advertising the talents of Mr B. I let out a little squeel of excitement because he is the be all and end all in playing characters that make you want to take a shower after hearing them say their opening line.
There are other more wearable (if you are the size of a praying mantis) designs from this (although they are down at the moment) but you can see some of the awesomeness here - I am a particular fan of the galactic looking leggings.

This is totally how my but would look in these!
-Please excuse the fact i do not yet know how to make a proper linky thing yet. I will put this on my to do list!


Thursday, 14 July 2011

Sooo Patty Simcox eigh?

Miss Patty and her amazing eyewear
Well if you are not familiar with this delightful young lady, Patty Simcox is a character from the 1978, Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, smash hit musical Grease. Patty was the class president, cheerleader and prom queen, but this is not the reason I love her. I love her excitement and joy, innocence and nerdishness. She is completely clueless (also a great film) that they make fun of her for being a total nerd. She also wore amazing glasses!

So in the spirit of Patty Simcox I will to post the things that are unashamedly nerdy and just plain fun. You will also get to experience the joy I get when Michael Jackson is the first randomly selected song on my itunes, or the consideration of  the emotions of my desk toys when a new friend is introduced.

But most of all and lucky you this will be… "Me! Isn't that the most? To say the least?"

Sarah xx

*note: if anybody dares to give me a lesson in spelling or grammar there will be hell to pay!