Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pom Poms!

As part of "White Night"  in Melbourne this Saturday, I'll be working with Etsy Australia and CAE making pom poms that will eventually come together as a big pom pom artwork! The pom pom station will be set up on the corner of Degraves and Flinders Lane, I'll be there from 7pm-11pm, (and Kirsty Webster will be there from 11pm-3am). Come by, make some pom poms and say hi! :)

Sunday, February 16, 2014


After having such a great time in Melbourne for the Lamington Drive residency, I decided that instead of moving to a possibly dark and cold England place, it would be the right decision to move back here (at least for the summer!).

So far I've been living in a house with some friends, making a bunch of art, working on new plans, generally having a great time enjoying all the different art and food things here. Tim finished the long distance hikes he was on, and is also back here (with a new appreciation for the hot summer, he used to hate it but maybe hiking in the heat in the States and Spain left him nostalgic for it?). 

Some things I have worked on lately:
Poster for a zine launch by Ashley Ronning and I...

Plant Feelings
Blackberry Deer Print
Heh as you can see, first time trying out using a risograph machine :) Had so much fun!

I've worked on a few other things recently as well, just have to photograph them, so stay tuned for more updates in the next week or so (also moving houses this week! So many things)

From Sarah

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Wednesday, September 4, 2013


More things made recently:

Slumber Party Zine Cover
Some of my pages from the Slumber Party zine

Slumber Party Zine
Work from all four of the Lamington Drive residency artists, made last month


Mini Pet Portraits
For a limited time, I am making mini pet portraits!

Mystery Studio Items Pack

Mystery Studio Package
A mystery package of drawings, sketches, paper, junk, supplies, stickers, jewelry, ??? from my studio.

Just finally finished watching all of Star Trek Next Generation... sad to finish it but at least there are a lot more other Star Treks to watch!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Be Here, Or Here

A book I made while I was doing the Lamington Drive residency in Melbourne. I got this stamper thing that you can put whatever letters you want in it to make words and so I used that to stamp all the words in the pages of the book (no photocopy!). Mostly it's about things that have happened while I have been camping.

Be Here or Here Cover

Pages from Be Here or Here

(here if you want a copy)

I had such a great time in Melbourne that I changed all my plans and decided to move back there. Time will tell if that was a good idea. Might still head over to Berlin for their summer though.

Have been listening to lots of new music... I sort of stopped listening to/looking for music that I liked while I was in NZ, so it is a good feeling to be getting back into it. It's nice to make more decisions about stuff like that.

Friday, August 9, 2013


Hi! So, I am working this month as one of four resident artist/illustrators at Lamington Drive in Melbourne. So far I have made/drawn a bunch of things (it's only been a week!), and I'm getting stuck into creating some new work to launch at our end-of-residency party. It's great having such a big studio to work from (and to be sharing the space with other interesting/excellent artists), can't wait until we really start filling up the space with our art.

Eating lamington cakes at Lamington Drive

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Weekend making

Made this on the weekend. Really want to make more super limited edition books, secret books with secret words that hardly anyone will see.

Stream Never Freezes
Folded paper into 6 page booklet, 6.5cm x 9cm, limited edition of 25. 
$3 here

Thursday, July 4, 2013


Illustration for Australian stationary company La La Land. Original sold.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


On the 13th of July I'll be holding a "Drawing a Story" workshop in Hobart as part of the Small Press Zine Festival. The workshop is going to be from 12-3pm upstairs at 'Frankies Empire'. If you want more info, or you want to RSVP (not sure how many people we can fit in the space :) the facebook event page is here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Secret Things...

Hi! I don’t usually like to have many sales of my work at all, but I am trying really hard to save up money to move to the UK (plan is to travel around Australia a little, then got there probably fly away around the end of October)

So... I have made a sale section (only for a small amount of time) in my shop (HERE), with heaps of art and other things, some are more than 50% off the usual price.

Thanks again for always being supportive of my art! 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The only photo I took while in Japan...

Last night in Japan

There are more photos but I did not take them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Zines and Sydney and Such

Ok, so I'm just at Sydney Airport now, hanging out for a while watching the planes and baggage trucks and things before heading into the city (I really love airports... usually I arrive in the mornings even when my flight is in late afternoon).

I'm here for the MCA zine fair, which is part of the Sydney Writers Festival, which also has some excellent events on (reminder to self, pick up some sort of pamphlet with events info). Also, I am here to go to seven Kraftwerk concerts. Because I can.

My friend Holly Leonardson came to visit in Hobart last weekend and we worked on a whole bunch of drawings for a new zine that I have just finished putting together in time for the zine fair this weekend. So, here it is:

TOYS cover

TOYS zine pages

We also did a lot more other activities like making quilts and cooking and museum time, it was so great to finally meet Holly in person, as we have been penpals for a while without ever meeting since I was living in New Zealand.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Winter is Coming

A little feature of my hand knit mittens in the May/June issue of Frankie :)

...also, really like the cover illustrated by Ana Albero!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hello from Hobart

Hello from Hobart!
After an interesting month in Auckland making zines/art/food, a really great time working as "Deputy Warden" with Tim at Tongariro National Park (it is so so amazing there!), I flew back to Australia, Canberra to be specific, stayed with my brother and super nice other people, while we worked on zines for our table at the Canberra Zine Emporium. 

Now I'm in Hobart, busy making more art and getting ready to go over to Shanghai next week, and Tokyo after that. So far I really like 2013, it feels great to be so busy!

If you are interested, I'm going to do a shop update on the 5th, adding some more original drawings, mittens and a few other things before I head out of the country until May.

Here is a photo of me conquering a small mountain while I was at Tongariro...

(photo by Tim)

More soon,
From Sarah

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sleep Without Shelter

While I have been staying at Alphabet City for the past month or so I've been working on a few ongoing projects (as well as making new friends, exploring the city, eating lots of nice food and having a good summer time, so busy!). Something that I finished while I was here was an edition of 200 booked titled "Sleep Without Shelter". Sort of based around my feelings of visiting volcanic places and parks in New Zealand, being ok with being alone in places, ideas about things that I think about when I am walking or swimming in cold water. Each book is a little different, numbered, hand bound with string, and contains hand colouring in pencil and crayon, and washi tape.

If you would like a copy (only a limited number available, hopefully there will still be a few left for Canberra Zine Emporium later this month!), you can get one HERE.
 Sleep Without Shelter Book
Sleep Without Shelter Cover

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


I'm having a going away party/zine launch/art show tomorrow in Auckland if you want to come :)

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Auckland! Workshop!

After the workshop in Wellington went so well, I have organised to run one while I am up in Auckland staying at Alphabet City for the month.

The flyer is below, with the main info and specifics on where and when, but the basic idea is that we'll be discussing illustration, relevant/interesting artists and publications, and trying out techniques and materials that you may not have tried before (such as screen tone, different watercolour papers, pens, brushes etc). Participants will get started on making their own handmade art book/comic armed with some more knowledge of how to get started on one. Morning and afternoon tea provided! Last time the class was great but not quite long enough to fit everything in, so this time it will be running from 11:00am - 5:00pm, with plenty of time for all the discussion and drawing.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Wellington Workshops...

So, eight more days until I move away from apartment overlooking a wooden cathedral in Wellington, where I have spent the past three years.

I wanted to do something nice as a sort of creative goodbye to the city, so I am running two workshops on the 26th of this month at Matchbox studios (on Cuba Street). All materials will be supplied for the drawing workshop, but you'll need to bring your own sweater to mend for the mending workshop (all other materials for that are going to be supplied though). There will be morning and afternoon tea, lots of discussion, interesting reference materials and a relaxed atmosphere (I'll bring some music to play while we are making things).

Below are the flyers for each of the workshops (they'll click through to the facebook event page if you're into that sort of thing), and spaces are limited!



Hope you can come!!!

From Sarah

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

1000 Portraits

About this time last year I was asked to contribute work for some pages in a book called "1000 Portrait Illustrations". It's finally been published and features a bunch of my portrait drawings as well as work from so many other great illustrators and artists (320 pages!). Printed by Quarry Books. I am also very happy to have my work in a book which has Elvis on the cover.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Start Small

I just realised that I haven't made a blog post on this blog yet about the book of drawings I made in November this year. Should probably do that before the year has gone...

Ok, well, I'm moving countries again at the beginning of next year, so I have been trying to consolidate all my art notes, ideas, thoughts on papers etc. I decided to make a neat little book titled "Start Small" (pt. 1, because I still have more notes that I need to compile) that I can carry with me to remember my ideas. I thought other people might like to look at them too, so I've made a limited amount of these books that are available (here) if you would like one.

Holding  Book

Start Small Pt. 1 Pages

Start Small Pt. 1 Pages

It feels really nice to have made and finished a book with my drawings in it. It really is the first book of drawings/art I have made, and I am so happy with it. I want to make more books now! :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Design Yeah!

The people from Design Assembly and Fancy have put together a great calendar for 2013, featuring designers and illustrators from around NZ (with the month of February by me :). Each month's image can be torn off to become an A3 sized poster (printed on nice thick 250gsm paper).

Calendar on the Wall

Close up Calendar

Design Yeah! Calendar Cover

Find the Design Yeah! calendar HERE.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Holiday Shop

If you follow my twitter at all, you might remember a month or two ago when I was frantically knitting 12 pairs of mittens in one week for a special order (it was a good week, I also watched all of "My So-Called Life" and a bunch of other films while knitting).

The reason for all the knitting was that I had to send a whole bunch of mittens over to the Etsy Holiday Shop. I wish I was in New York so I could go and visit (also wish I was in New York so I could be in New York, but anyway...). If you are around that area, I suggest you go and have a look at the shop, there are lots of nice looking handmade presents, like the good parts of Etsy in real life. It is only going to run for a short time (November 29 - December 8), if you need any more info, then you can go here.

Meanwhile, I should get back to knitting a few more pairs of mittens and finishing of some drawings. There is way to much work to do at this time of year, at least the weather is getting a little warmer now!

Mittens for the Etsy Holiday Store
Each pair comes with a button/pin with my art on it as well. A very rushed photo... after I took this I ran out the door to the post office and got there 10 minutes before closing so I could get them to the holiday store from New Zealand in time!

Saturday, December 1, 2012



A button I made while I was staying with Erin and Moira at Alphabet City recently. I should have made more buttons while I was up there, I thought I had made a giant pile but I hardly have any left now, and it was only a few weeks ago that I was there.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Must Keep Blogging

So quiet over here on this blog. But I have a lot to say! I made a book! I went camping some more! I feel happy! Many future adventure plans!

I need to find out how to link to this blog from my website maybe, it seems to only accept wordpress and tumblr blogs which is silly. Maybe I should delete/archive this blog altogether and only have a tumblr? Hmmm...

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Wellington Zinefest

So, as you may or may not know, this coming summer is my last one living in Wellington. Actually, I am leaving to go on another adventure in January (more on this later perhaps), so it's my last half-summer here. This also means that this years zine fest in Wellington will be the last time I have a table there (unless I happen to be travelling through the country and coincidentally in Wellington at the same time it is happening).

I'm going to bring with me a bunch of comics and zines from my collection to sell (I like to travel light so a lot of things have to go), new zines I have made, art, stickers, buttons, prints etc (not sure if I should be bringing all of these things since it is supposed to be a zine fest, but maybe I'll keep them "under the table").

Anyway, please come by! Next weekend!

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Pet Portraits!

 Hi! I'm taking commissions for pet portraits at the moment if you would like to get one for your friend or yourself in time for Christmas. Send me an email or message and we can organise something! :)   (alternatively, I have some portrait listings in my shop as well)

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Socks and Sandals

Pink and yellow forever.

Sunday, September 30, 2012


A few weeks ago I had some leftover sticker paper from cutting out my sticker sets, so I spent a day/night making too many eyes.

My feet and some stickers

Eyes on a cup

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I recently made this portrait of "Frankie" the cat and since it turned out so well and I would like to do more like it, I decided to put a listing for portraits similar to this one in my shop.

Frankie the Cat

Sunday, September 23, 2012


Recently I sent some of my knitted mittens to a shop in Japan named Tapiiri. Tapiiri is located in a forest (!) and they sell handmade items, stationery, and food.

Lovely photographs by Sayaka, the owner of Tapiiri.
The mittens I knit for the shop.
More information about Tapiiri can be found on their website and blog. Oooh also Tapiiri means tapir and I think I have to draw a tapir now because it reminded me that they are good.

In other Japan-related news, I went to a talk by Yuichiro Miura on Wednesday night. It was a very inspiring and motivational talk (especially because we went camping and hiking on the weekend and climbed a mountain on Friday). He discussed his past adventures, as well as his upcoming plans to climb Mt. Everest again next year (at the age of 80 years old). I might have previously blogged about his film "The Man Who Skied Down Everest"(perhaps on my tumblr blog) I recommend watching it.

Really got to get back into writing frequently on this blog again! I feel so rusty and my writing does not flow as well as it used to. Maybe this is from having too much coffee though, or because I've just come back from 4 days away in the wilderness again :)