Baby name nursery art: new in the Sam draws things shop

19/09/2018

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A recent commission from a friend has lead to a new product line in my shop that I am really excited about: baby name prints!  I’m growing my nursery art collection as babies LOVE my work – the high contrast and black and white I use basically hypnotises small people, making it quite a handy distraction tool for a grouchy or distracted baby.

My son Tristan spent a long time gazing at my work around the house, and as he’s growing and recognising the animals he’s still getting a lot out of it.

Little Percy was the recipient of my first baby name print.  He was born in June and has one of the best birth stories I have ever heard – he was caught by his mum’s best friend in the kitchen!

Baby name print by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Each letter on the name prints is a different animal, and there’s the option of adding the date of birth underneath.   I think they make lovely birthday presents for older little ones too.

Baby name nursery art by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

I’ve found someone making really nice frames in the UK that are purple, which coordinates really nicely with the colours in the print, and you can add one on as an option when you order.

Baby name nursery art by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can order your print in my online shop here.

You can include a message with the name and date of birth, or I’ll get in touch with you to check the details.  I’ll send you a preview of the print before popping it in the post to you.  I offer gift wrapping and can also post straight to someone else if you are buying it as a gift.

A new botanical illustration for the Flower Power Fund

17/09/2018

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Wow.  September is here.  At the same time as feeling like it’s been a really long summer this year, I also can’t quite believer we are now heading into autumn.  If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I’ve been a bit of a mess as my little boy starts a new preschool (he’s absolutely fine of course).

We are also into month 9 of the lovely Flower Power Fund, and onto our 12th flower already!

Every month, new indie dyers and makers create lovely things for cratfers on a flower theme, with a % of all sales going to Marie Curie.  This month, it’s all about Love-in-a-Mist, with a beautiful new yarn from Eden Cottage Yarns , a bag from Betsy Makes (both of which have sold out already!) and a new print from me:

You can find the print and everything Flower Power Fund related in my online shop here. 

 

Marie Curie Sock Quest Bits & Bobs

28/08/2018

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Marie Curie Sock Quest logo and banner by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This is the original #slightlybonkersidea from the wonderful Sarah Holmes:

“I am a doctor working at Marie Curie Hospice Bradford, and in my spare time I am also a knitter.

Last year, I decided to knit a pair of socks in limited edition Marie Curie yarn for every one of the patients in Bradford Hospice at Christmas. When I posted about it online lots of kind knitters offered to help, and the project grew. Hand knitted socks came in from all around the world, including U.S.A, New Zealand and Dubai. In the end, we collected over 229 pairs of socks, enough for EVERY patient in EVERY Marie Curie Hospice in the UK to have a pair of hand knitted socks for Christmas.”

Isn’t that amazing?  Sarah is also the lady behind the Flower Power Fund.  And this summer she also ran a marathon!  She’s one of the most inspiring women you could hope to meet, and you can find her JustGiving page here.

This year, The Marie Curie Sock Quest is running again, and there are lots of people knitting already!

There is a special yarn by West Yorkshire Spinners that’s available from City Knits here.

And there’s a sock pattern by Sarah you can try here.

I’ve created a couple of downloadable things to help – a wrapper to go around the socks and a little card that you can fold up to go with them.  You can add a note or just let the recipient know who their socks are from.

You can download them both to print at home by clicking on the buttons below.

They are both A4 sized.  The card folds down into quarters, and the sock wrapper has a green line so that you can cut it down the middle.  You can then stick the back together to fit it around the socks.

(If you find that you lose bits of the edges due to the margins of your printer, try again and using the ‘scale to fit’ option.)

Happy printing!  I’d love to see any pics of your socks and wrappers 🙂

You can find me on Instagram here.

The finished socks need to go to Sarah at the address below before the 7th of December 2018:

Dr Sarah Holmes
Marie Curie Hospice Bradford
Maudsley Street
Bradford
BD3 9LE

UK

 

 

 

Charity collaboration news

14/08/2018

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I used to work for a charity, and so am really aware that fundraising can be really, really hard.  It takes a lot to get people on board with a cause, and we are so often asked to give that we can just get fed up and burnt out.

So it’s been fascinating to have been involved with two big charity projects this year that have done some really magical things.

The #titsoutcollective ran throughout July, with creatives all over the world making and buying things inspired by the amazing Countess Ablaze.  She started it (accidentally) with a knitting yarn that the she created in response to an approach from a business to get lots of things for free in return for ‘exposure.’  She raised £3,000 for charity the sale of. that.  Then in July, she rallied 287 people to make were making things and donating a portion of their profits to their favourite charities.  You can find out more about it all at the Countess Ablaze website here. 

By the end of the month, a staggering £55,219 had been raised for those charities, including a whopping £8,000+ just for Mind through a raffle!  It was all a bit overwhelming to be honest.  The community buy-in and the way everyone was able to so quickly pull something together was inspiring.  And the Countess herself, with her huge community of Instagram followers, fans and her general all-round kick-ass presence meant that something huge came together almost instantly.  You can read about my contribution to the project here.

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THE DONATION TOTAL OF #TITSOUTCOLLECTIVE IN GREAT BRITISH POUNDS! 13 days to launch. 31 days to sell. 287 official participants. 22 countries. £55,219 donated to charities across the world in July 2018. €62,029 EURO $71,975 USD $93,520 CAD And for a laugh, if I was a Nigerian Prince in your inbox and this money was for me, I'd have a whopping ₦25,645,857 And you know what? That equates to approximately £350-£400k of products sold whilst the northern hemisphere has been basking in a heatwave. Never underestimate the power of people when they come together. So next year, yes? THANK YOU! _____________________ #countessablaze #titsoutcollective #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout #craftivism

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Meanwhile, the Flower Power Fund, a year-long project which was started by knitter Sarah Holmes in January with a goal of £1,000, has been smashing its target over and over again.  Also based in the knitting and crafts community, every month there are new goodies for sale that donate a portion of their proceeds to Marie Curie.  The engagement and supportive vibes that are involved in this project are so lovely, and I’ve made so many new friends.  It’s awesome!

By the end of June we’d raised £9,121.63 😀

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At the start of this year I came up with a #slightlybonkersidea that I hoped might raise some money for @mariecurieuk whilst also giving some yarny loveliness to all the wonderful people who helped with my #mariecuriesockquest last year. I hoped it might perhaps raise £1000 by the end of the year. I have just totted up the total raised until the start of this month, and it is a whopping £9121.63 – far more than I ever imagined!!! Every penny raised goes to @mariecurieuk who are working every day to support people living with terminal illness and their families. I am overwhelmed with your ongoing generosity and continuing support for the project so this post is here for me to say an enormous THANK YOU to everyone who has joined in and supported the #flowerpowerfund – you are all utterly WONDERFUL 😘😘😘👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

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I keep thinking about both of these projects with my charity hat on and pondering exactly what it is that makes them so successful, and in a way it’s something that charities themselves would struggle to replicate because it starts at the community level.  Although Sarah works for Marie Curie, its not on the fundraising side and she’s managed to connect with a ready made big and quickly growing audience of enthusiastic and bought-in people.

I am absolutely LOVING working this way, and would love to here from you if you would like any help from me for your charity or fundraising projects, do say hello :

 

Cherry wood pins and pendants

24/07/2018

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It’s been an exciting day – I’ve designed some cherry wood pins and pendants which have arrived and I’ve been busy sticking them together and taking lots of photos!

We started with a drawing of a pair of Great Tits, and with lots of help from my partner Josh and Steve at Clear Cut Creation, I developed a design that Steve laser etched onto 35mm disks of cherry wood.

The pins and pendants are part of the #titsoutcollective, a brilliant fundraising initiative by Countess Ablaze that you can find out more about here.

I’m fundraising for Together Rising, an inspiring charity responding very fast to humanitarian issues around the world.  £2 per pin and 20% of each print sale goes to them.   You can discover more about their work here.

And you can find all of these goodies in the Sam Draws Things online shop here.

Lovely Lupins!

11/07/2018

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Woah, this year feels like it’s going really fast!  We are just over half way through the wonderful Flower Power Fund project (which looks like it’s going to happen again next year) and there have already been 9 lovely flower-inspired yarns, created by talented independent yarn dyers from all over the UK.

It’s been a gorgeous way to practice my own take on botanical illustration as I’ve created matching prints for each month.  Here they are so far:

Flower Power Fund flowers by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This month feels like a really special one, as it’s the turn of Jane from Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane and I have been friends for a long time and had some lovely adventures together, and it was doing her branding that lead me into the wonderful wooly world that I’m now part of!

Jane’s yarn is STUNNING.  Inspired by pretty country garden lupins, it’s just so subtle and beautiful.  You can find the Lupin yarn in her Etsy shop here, and my matching print here.

 

 

Getting my tits out for charity (no, not like that)

01/07/2018

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Last week, I woke up from a nightmare at 2am with my cheeks covered in tears.  The details are a bit foggy, but it involved my little boy, who’s now 2, and Abe Lincoln.  Weird right? But the overriding feeling was that my son was danger and might not survive.   It was triggered by the news about the children being taken away from their parents at the American border, and the feeling of helplessness as I watched the story unfold and felt desperate to do something.  Part of my evolving business plan involves fundraising, but I wasn’t quite sure what to do.

Then, Countess Ablaze set my heart on fire.

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This colourway went a bit boom a couple of months ago. Dyed in response to a misogynistic encounter we'd experienced, we dyed this and Shit Tea and Tray Bake, and raised over £3000 for Women's Aid. We don't dye the colourway anymore (when you've dyed over 1000 skeins of something in a two week period, you really cannot imagine wanting to dye it anymore!) but we sell swag and a % are donated to charity. So why am I bringing this up again? A dyer who is seen knitting with our original colourway in their feed has produced a knock-off. Coincidences happen. There's only so much you can do with dye. But when it's blatantly obvious like this… well I'm not angry, I'm disappointed. I expected better. 🔥This colourway has become iconic. 🔥This colourway enabled a couple of women to leave their abusive relationships (that I've been told about). 🔥This colourway gave other creatives the confidence to say “no” to working for exposure. 🔥This colourway raised money for charity. So what would The Countess do? We deal with this with class. We're not dyeing this colourway anymore but I'm throwing it open to other indie dyers instead to dye their own versions. Of course, rules are needed! Email me at contact@countessablaze.com so I know you're on board Your colourway is called If I Want Exposure, I'll Get My Tits Out (Name Of Your Version) . £3 per skein minimum (or your currency equiv) is to be donated to a charity of your choice. Tell me who they are. If you won't do this, you are not to get involved. All versions launch together on your own selling platforms on July 1st. We market this together, as a community. The best work is done when we work together and support each other. 💜 On the back of yesterday's livestream, we've already got 21 dyers and a handful of designers who want to participate too. Dyers can dye as much or as little of this colourway as you wish, can do pre-orders or ready to ship, whatever suits your working style. Whatever yarn bases you want (even fibre!) Give me a couple of days to get my shit together with a fancy spreadsheet etc but we will email you back. 🤘 Hashtags #titsoutcollective #ifiwantexposureillgetmytitsout

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Running a fiercely anarchic and rebellious knitting yarn brand, the Countess responded to a couple of personal affronts to her business in the most amazing way.  In answer to a patronising request for all kinds of free stuff, she dyed a kick-ass yarn called “If I Wanted Exposure, I’ll Get my T*ts Out” and donated a % to charity. She’s raised £3,000 for Women’s Aid.

Then, when someone ripped off the iconic yarn, she responded by mustering an army of creatives to raise even more funds for a whole range of causes.  You can hear the full story on the Countess Ablaze website here.

So, at 12 noon on Sunday the 1st of July, the #titsoutcollective launches a range of vibrant yarns and goodies, sold by creatives across the world.  You can see the gallery of amazing-ness here.

After hearing about the project, I walked my dog around a field under the moon thinking “it’s such a short deadline, there are loads of other things to do by the 1st of July, I don’t think I can join in….”  But of course, I am!

I’m launching a range of Great Tit inspired pretty things, featuring illustrations of these mighty little birds I am lucky enough to watch in my garden.  A percentage from each sale will go to Together Rising, a charity working at grass roots level to help the families torn apart as they try to find refuge in America.  There is still so much to do and … children remain separated from the people they love.  You can read all about them here.

Wooden pin by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comWooden pin by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comWooden pin by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.comGreat tits print by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can shop my little collection on Sunday in the Samdrawsthings shop here.

There’s a cherry wood pin or pendant laser etched with my Great Tits design, available with and without text and a print of the birds on a background inspired by the colours of the yarn. And the there’s a print of The Exposure Doesn’t Pay the Bills Fairy.

This totally badass fairy was inspired by the incredible Countess Ablaze, and the way she stands up for herself and empowers others to do the same.

As a creative person trying to make a living from my work, I really need a friendly reminder every now and again that it’s OK to charge people, that this is a real job, and although I do things for cheap or free sometimes, I do also need to make money. And it really is OK to ask.

This fairy is ideal to stick on the wall of your studio or above your desk to remind you that exposure doesn’t pay the bills. She’ll watch over you and wag her figure disapprovingly when you don’t ask for what you’re worth. She reminds you that you ARE valuable, that your time, energy and skill are precious resources.

It’s such an exciting and busy day – check out the wonderful yarn and lovely things created at countessablaze.com.

Ponderings: Having a virtual tea party

20/06/2018

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I was pondering the other day why I am finding Instagram such an interesting place to be at the moment, and realised one of the factors is the stories it brings into my life.  Mainstream media has so often tells stories with a narrow focus  – heterosexual love stories featuring men and women who fit acceptable archetypes.  And I’m bored of that now.  It’s not relevant and  there are just so many stories and characters missing.

But on Insta, I am following a wide and diverse range of individuals bringing their stories into my life.  People with different gender roles and identities, abilities and cultural backgrounds that have so often been missing, or made the focus of stories in a way that emphasises difference and exclusion.  And they are telling their own stories in their own voices, sharing their fears, scars, problems and bodies.  (That last one feels particularly important to me right now, as I grow older and try to feel more comfortable in my post-baby body).

I know that ‘social’ media has its own problems (not least the trolling and negative comments that bravery can attract), but the fact that the platform enables sharing and alternative narratives feels like such a good antidote to that narrow focus.   June is LGBTQ+ pride month and I’ve discovered some really educational and inspirational accounts as a result.

And the other factor is that I’m finding genuinely lovely connections on there, mostly thanks to the amazing Flower Power Fund.  I have never met such a kind and invested bunch of people – the community around this project is simply magical.

The other day I was feeling a bit wobbly and posted a something that was a bit more honest post that I have for a while about where my head was at, and also a bit of a plea…

The comments and support were so lovely!

Working from home and being freelance and being a mum can feel pretty isolating.  A couple of local friends reached out and we might actually manage to meet up for real cake, but it also turned into a little virtual tea party with lots of support and imaginary cake….

My first enamel charity pins find their new homes!

17/05/2018

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It has been a really exciting couple of days with the hard enamel pin I designed for the Flower Power Fund arriving and swiftly being posted out to lots of happy customers.  £2 from each pin goes to the fund, raising money for Marie Curie (registered charity number 207994 England & Wales, SC038731 in Scotland).

The Flower Power Fund project is running throughout 2018 and involves independent knitting yarn dyers creating a beautiful bouquet of flower-inspired yarns.  I created a logo for the project which I worked with the lovely team at Badges Plus here in the UK to translate into a pin design.

Over on Instagram there have been lots of pics of the pins arriving in their new homes 🙂 The best bit is seeing them on lovely knitting project bags and settling into people’s pin collections!

 

Ponderings: Maternal mental health

09/05/2018

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Last week (the first week of May) was Maternal Mental Health week.  My social media newsfeed was full of all kinds of things raising awareness and offering support.  I’ve had a picture in my head for a while now about my own journey to motherhood, and it finally popped onto the page.

What I thought being a mum would be like part 1.  Just me, with a small human in my life.

What I thought being a mum would be like part  2 - a completely rebuilt and reprogrammed version of me with a cosmic maelstrom by my side

⭐ my motherhood journey⭐

It’s not that I thought it would be easy, and it’s a terrible cliche to say that nothing can prepare you for becoming a parent… but I think whatever your route to parenthood, it changes you in ways you cannot imagine.

And maybe in ways we’ll never understand.

Being pregnant in itself is such a transformation and perhaps I thought once Tris was born I’d go back to who I was before…

But I haven’t, and I can’t.

And that’s not a bad thing, it’s just a bit unsettling… here in the uk its #maternalmentalhealthawareness week and this was one of my #100daychallenge drawings for better mental health

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