Sunday, July 1, 2012

My Mojo Monthly July - Your Style!


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.
THANK YOU to absolutely everyone, including all my featured artists, who has visited, encouraged and joined me on this journey.  It's not a solo ride! I wanted to do something 'a little different' to celebrate and as many of you know, my life is also forever changed with the arrival of my first little one! Many folk have asked what my answers to the 'Five Questions" might be... So this month I'm going to 'spill the beans', share my own favourite pieces and then open up a whole summer of "YOUR STYLE" to you! 

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! 
 I find myself bending towards the same light in my crafty life too. I always strive to express a little of myself and mood. I also hope my work speaks to others too...  
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!
Which of your creations is closest to your heart?  
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. 
Like these two cards. What secrets might this gent above dare to whisper to his love? Or the reason behind the dramatic stare and Paris... 
I find much inspiration in everyday materials and combine them with better known products such as Mr. Tim goodies, to create my own look. There's often a good deal of metal in my creations and I'm often found rummaging around on the bottom shelf of a hardware store! There's always a funny 'metally bit' that's perfect for a little Steampunk revamp!  Such as the feet, corners and handle on my 'Flying Gents' box...
I also like to 'tweak a design element'. In other words, try an idea out with another substrate. Such as my all metal male card made from garden mesh and aluminium tape.
 Or creating a 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.
But I've learnt to let that go and just trust my own instincts and imagination. My altered 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!
Vintage is ongoing thing with me. It lets me express my old-fashioned feminine side that doesn't come out in public! Nostalgia, faded memories and the good old days. So many of us fall for it... This piece, '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.
The 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.
Then after all those rusted, sepia tones, the next day I can be found, just as happy, up to my elbows in flowers, stamps and pink ink! Most recently, I decided for once it was okay to be swept along in a trend and plunged into the Art Journalling craze. I'm just free-styling and following the 'whatever I want it to be' mood of the moment. Suits me fine!
You are going back packing in the Himalayas for a year and may only take 3 crafting items. Which and why? The entire contents of my house, a hypermarket and my family. After so many years of costume changes, travelling and living out of a suitcase, I want ALL my mod-cons around me 24/7! Really. All my adventure comes out of an ink pad these days. But at a push, a camera, pen and journal. If there are images and words, there can be art and expression...

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!


Peggy Parker said...

How nice to read more about you, Sarah! You posted two of my very most favorite pieces of yours, as well! My lovely art made it home only needing a dab of glue here and there, and I am enjoying it immensely!

Redanne said...

Hi Sarah, what a fascinating insight into your world and that wonderful creative mind. I am very new to all of this and was so worried because I don't have a defined style, I love girly but also grungy and steampunk (I thought I was weird) but now I can see that it's OK to love all those genres, so thanks to your inspiration I am going to embrace all of it - thank you so much. All your pieces are gorgeous but I love the flower garden especially. Crafty hugs to you and Ruby too, Anne x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

What a fabulous read Sarah and wonderful insight into your crafty mind. Love all your creative pieces whether it be clean and simple, grungy or free style; you have a style all of your own and that's why I love it so much . You are unique. Take care. Tracy x

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...a wonderful posting Sarah such a loVely read on this sunny Sunday evening...I think we can all turn our hand to a certain style but we tend to keep safe in what we like best, you have shown you can master all over time, your work is beautiful & inspiring..enjoy the summer with baby Ruby...Mel :)

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505whimsygirl said...

Hi Sarah,

What a delight for the eyes and the soul. I love this post and will be coming back to it to read over and over.

Thanks for sharing a beautiful part of yourself.

I'm sitting in the local coffee shop where there is air conditioning, catching up on my favorite blogs.


Words and Pictures said...

Extraordinary pieces, and a beautifully written piece giving such insight in to your creative world. It's a real inspiration to see someone move between creative industries, as I'm doing much the same. Congratulations on your anniversary, and here's to many more years of glorious crafting.

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Woohoo!!! Thank you tons Sarah!!! I so wanted that book as well! I loved your post, and I can so identify! Thank you for sharing a bit about your crafty fabulous self!!!

Maggie said...

Loved reading about your crafting journey thanks for sharing these thoughts and such wonderful projects which always inspire, hope to join in this month not had much time of late to join in any challenges. Enjoy being a Mum and have a lovely summer(ahem!!!!)if we get one!!


Art By Wanda said...

I really enjoyed having You as your guest artist, Sarah!!! It was fun reading what you had to say!!!

Kezzy said...

Oh wow wow wow great to hear all about you and your art. I am certainly happy we have more time for this one, I am so not sure what my art is, I want to do so much but never do it. But after reading this months mojo I have decided to really start trying to see if I like all the things I want to do :-). Thank goodness we are allowed to enter more than one, my craft room is a mess with inks etc, my woyww post tomorrow will certainly be lots to look at, projects everywhere lol lol lol. Kerry xxx

Kate Yetter said...

I loved every single project and am completely in awe of your work! Not everything is the same style but whatever it is you make it look amazing! It was nice to hear about your art and what inspires you. Thank you for having these challenges!

Alexandra Lundgren said...

I fell in love with your blog the minute I saw your steampunk shoe. I have a shoe just waiting to be altered and knew when I saw yours that we were kindred artistic souls. You are just more artistically advanced and talented than mine, lol!!! Please keep sharing and thank you for the monthly challenges. It motivates and inspires me.

Hettie said...

Great "interview" Sarah. Lovely to know what makes you "tick". All those pieces of art are wonderful, but the configurations houses are possibly my favourite, or maybe...!!
Sorry I missed last month - it just went by sooo quickly for me. Will be joining in this time though!

Marjie Kemper said...

A whole year of MMM? Wow, that went fast! Congrats on such an inspiring monthly feature being such a success. I love it, and have enjoyed all the guests you've featured. Today though, it's a real treat to see you answering the questions yourself. You've posted so many of my favorite projects. I just love your style, Sarah, no matter which artsy ideas you're in the mood to pursue.

CG said...

Oh my goodness, what incredible projects! Thank you for the awesome inspiration.

Ibarra Creations 4U said...

Thanks for sharing your intimate thoughts and ideas with us! You're such a GREAT artist! Congrats!!!

Words and Pictures said...

Hello again... amazing projects being uploaded. I'm back with another, only because I feel I've changed massively over the last month as a crafter - I leapt in too soon at the beginning of July!!
Alison x

Hettie said...

Thanks for this Challenge Sarah. I have had a ball making Catriona!

Kezzy said...

Oh no I thought it was for two months and have just done a second piece called fabric delight but the collection is closed. Oh well it's on my blog anyway. Kezzy xxx