SEPTEMBER 2012 NEWS! MY MOJO MONTHLY IS ON A BREAK FOR A WHILE...WATCH THIS SPACE...NEW PLANS ARE IN THE MAKE...
A big hello and even bigger welcome to July's very special My Mojo Monthly where I'm celebrating A WHOLE YEAR of inky, painty, papery, frilly and grungy, flowery inspiration! My goodness! Where did the time go to??? It's been a fabulous year of creative thinking, sharing, challenging and art. I remember being very nervous about posting the first one and here we are, a whole year older! I really do love to imagine, create and hopefully inspire other artists so My Mojo Monthly has been a bit of a dream and milestone for me.
Who is Sarah in five words? Imaginative, sensitive, expressive, stubborn, talkative.
Where are you right now as an artist? A question I ask myself too... I seem to be a dabbler of all styles, which is often admired by others, but doubted by me. Am I just playing around, doing a bit of everything? I'm trained as a professional dancer and teacher who specialized in ballet, jazz and contemporary dance. I love the purity and line of ballet, the groove and rhythms of jazz and the expressiveness of contemporary. So, a bit of an all-rounder there too. But my true passion for choreography, regardless of style, soon became the clear front runner. I just love to create!
Be it a simple card or mixed media piece. It seems I do indeed 'do a bit of everything' and moreover, love 'a bit of everything! So I am still just trying to embrace that fact and yet still learn, grow and discover... I'm very honoured indeed to be on the fantastic design teams for Simon Says Stamp & Show and Craft Stamper Magazine....both of which have really opened up new doors and challenged me in ways I didn't expect! I never thought I'd find something that moves me as much as dance does, but this whole arty thing does!
If my house was on fire, I just wouldn't know which one to grab! Like many folk, I can get totally wrapped up in the 'make of the moment' but I know it's a special one when I still stop and talk to it a month later...! Although space is running out, a few of the pieces shown here do have pride of place on my 'special loft room ledge'. A long shelf next to the stairs to my bedroom. I just love working a la Wendy Vecchi style. I can go bright and flowery (apron and flowers) or altered and quirky...and lots in between!
l started out making a few cards one Christmas, and fell in love with ink and stamps! I still love creating cards and seem to move in circles of vintage, modern and clean & simple! But again, it's the composition that keeps me hooked.
I really enjoy joining in with the CAS crowd at Less is More and find it really balances out all the intensive 'stuff' I also do.
Where do you find inspiration when feeling Mojoless?
I'm actually someone who has too much going on in my head. Something is always buzzing and I find that ideas or inspiration can appear at anytime, from any place! Quite often when I'm swimming.
I do know that ideas need time to develop and 'gel'. Don't rush potential...
I like to let an idea rest in my head and think about the shapes, colours, design and mood of a piece as well as the 'how-to'. I can be inspired by textures, materials, colours, a feeling and very often 'the hidden story' every piece has.
gent above dare to whisper to his love? Or the reason behind the dramatic stare and Paris...
'Flying Gents' box...
all metal male card made from garden mesh and aluminium tape.
little's girl dress entirely out of paper. Here I used Tim's Tissue Wrap which even earned me a blog vist from the man himself! This one is a keeper! I used to really struggle to use the more commercial and well known crafting products on the market, always worrying thinking I was 'cheating' or doing the same as everyone else.
Steampunk Shoe was one of the toughest things I'd tried, and I really had to hold on to the image in my head when I wanted to walk away!
Loved' is very special as it's my mum, Nanny and great grand-mother. I altered three "Hello Kitty" sweet tins (really!) to create hanging frames.
piece above was my first encounter with a Mr. Tim configuration box which I decided to unpack and rebuild into houses - each filled with it's own little story. I love working in fine detail and words often play an important role in my work.
Art Journalling craze. I'm just free-styling and following the 'whatever I want it to be' mood of the moment. Suits me fine!
Back at HQ... So there you go, the view from La-De-Dah land. If you want to know about the individual pieces, just click on the link next to each photo and and you can read the whole post about what, where, how and why! So after many years, my conclusion is I do... Sarah Style! What's yours??? Celebrate it, embrace it and share it here at My Mojo Monthly.
Challenge, Nice Stuff and Info...
My Mojo Monthly is all about the why, the what and your creative adventures!
So please feel free to join in and share your artful take and thoughts on things. Whatever your style...and you could win this truly wonderful book from Suzi Blu! Thank you so very much to everyone for playing along last month. Congratulations to Anita Houston with her splendiferous male tag!
The 'Your Style' theme will also run through August as I'm taking a little summer break to relax, plan the new MMM and RECHARGE MY MOJO!
My Mojo Monthly welcomes all hand-made crafters and artists. A few guidelines on submitting your work:
- In the spirit of MMM please write a few lines in your post about your creativity and why you want to share your work.
- You are very welcome to share challenge pieces, just tell me a bit about your inspiration.
- Please link directly to your post and not your blog so I can find you.
- Please add a link in your post to My Mojo Monthly, thanks!
- You may enter more than once, but multiple challenge photos without description will be removed.
- Feel free to take the MMM button for your blog - please do!
Once again I want to express a real heartfelt thank you for sharing your creative talents, thoughts and encouragement with myself and others! It's good to share our art, thoughts and lives!
Enjoy the summer, stay inspired...and until we meet again!