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All Welcome

Posted on: January 18th, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Over the last couple of weeks, anti-racism has reached the knitting and crafting communities online in a big way.  It’s undoubtedly been incredibly tough for the people of colour who have been doing an awful lot of emotional labour to educate white people (like me) about their experiences of exclusion and racism, and show us that even the (superficially) fluffy knitting world is racist.  I’m incredibly grateful and humbled by their hard work and bravery.

It’s brought amazing activists and educators like Rachel Cargle and Layla Saad to the attention of lots of us crafters. I’ve been slowly Doing The Work and considering how much white supremacy really isn’t a thing of the past, or just the purview of a few extremists in white hoods – it’s EVERYWHERE and something that I benefit from.  I’ve also been discovering amazing activists challenging gender (and race) issues, like Alok.

When I’ve found the work challenging, I try keep in mind the image of how I would like a man to react to #metoo.

You know how Kavanaugh and Trump made Christine Blasey Ford’s hearing all about men, and how hard it was for the poor men of the world to be attacked in such a way, when SHE was the one who was threatened and terrified…?  Yeah, that’s the opposite of what the world needs right now.  We white people need to shut up, sit down, listen, shut up some more and not make it about us.  And then we need to make some changes to how we behave, so that we challenge exclusion when we see it, and build things from the ground up that are open to everyone.

The gorgeous hashtag on Instaram #diverseknitty has also helped amazing creatives from around the world share their wonderful work with new followers and fans.

There are also, I hope, lots of other makers, podcasters, brands, shows and shops who are considering how they can be more inclusive and reach out to make everyone feel welcome.

I don’t have a physical shop (or really do much out in the real world at all to be honest right now!), but I wanted to draw something to let everyone know that they are welcome in my online spaces.

A drawing showing a diverse group of people with the text 'all welcome' above. By Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Whatever your background, or however you identify, you are always welcome here.

And if you’d like to collaborate or if there’s something I can do to help you feel more included or access my work, just give me a shout.

Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep launch

Posted on: June 21st, 2015 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Happy summer solstice!  I’m launching a new project that I am really excited about…

Dive Down: Drawings from the Deep is a very personal story.  I drew my way out of a difficult time and the drawings evolved into a book, which I am sharing to help and inspire others.

Today I start serialising the story via social media, with exciting plans coming up for other ways to share the book in physical and digital form.

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You can find out more on the Dive Down project page here.

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Based partly on Buddhist principles, Dive Down is a story about deep sea diving into the internal sea of our fears and anxieties – somewhere we tend to not want to look.  Through reading lots of books and meditating, I noticed where I was trying to move away from things that hurt me – distracting myself, hoping for something to make me feel better, when really it was that endless searching was the causing me the most pain.

The project became a collaboration between two Sams – Sam Attenborough, a mentor and co-founder of Birdsong Charity Consulting added the words after the visual story was complete.

With a list of resources for further support included at the end of the tale and an inspiring Spotify playlist to accompany the book, we intend for Dive Down to be enjoyed by a range of people and shared further, to encourage other deep sea divers find their courage, take a deep breath, and dive into their own oceans to find calmness.

Follow me on Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook or Google+ and watch out for a picture a day, followed by some special announcements and news about where the project is going next and how you can get involved.

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Ponderings: Three illustrations about love…

Posted on: March 20th, 2015 by samdrawsthings 1 Comment

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On an emotional day in London last summer I decided to go for a walk along the South Bank.  Things were all feeling a bit wobbly; I was just going through a break up, one of my closest friends was getting married and we were going out for his stag night later.

As I walked up from Waterloo, coming across the installations, exhibitions and public art in the ‘Festival of Love’ initially felt like a bit of a sick joke on behalf of the universe… However,  it actually turned into a really therapeutic and beautiful day.

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I will admit that there was some crying – a walk around The Museum of Broken Relationships is something everyone should do at least once.  It’s a travelling collection of items donated by people from around the world commemorating romantic relationships that have ended.  Each item was displayed with the story from the contributor about the relationship, possibly including how they met, how love grew, how it ended and the significance of the object.  As well as tears, the stories spark laughter and empathy; there’s something  magically human and very heart warming about the collection.

As any romantic relationship ends, I think there’s a temptation to question it and pull it apart with questions like ‘did you ever love me…?’ and ‘did it mean anything to you…?’.  One of the guaranteed things in life is impermanence; like cherry blossom, toilet roll or oxygen, love can end or run out.  But that doesn’t mean that it was never there.  I think we do a disservice to love if we think question that it was ever present, just because it’s now gone…  So my first illustration is a prayer not to doubt love:

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The Festival of Love celebrated more than just the romantic kind, and served as a reminder that love is still all around us, even when we may feel our hearts breaking.  The stag do afterwards was a fun occasion celebrating friendship and romance with cocktails and dancing.  The wedding a few weeks later was beautiful, and the two grooms walked down the aisle together to All is Full of Love by Björk.  It’s such an amazing song.

Living on my own again, I’ve recently bought some really sweet crockery that’s decorated with the word ‘love’ on every plate.  It makes me smile to think I’m feeding love to the friends and family that come to visit me in my new home, especially as they have supported me so amazingly over the last few months.  Illustration number two is a reminder that love is everywhere, and can be eaten for breakfast…

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Now, all this talk of broken relationships and heart break may make illustration number three a hard sell.  But I’ve been talking to a few single friends recently about love and listening to their cynicism and fear and completely understanding why they are fed up of putting themselves out there, or feel so settled in their single lives that they don’t really have much space for love.  I get it, I do.  We put too much emphasis on needing a romantic relationship to be complete, when we are all perfectly whole as single creatures.

But…..

Romantic love brings something extra and amazing into our lives.  You can go a long way and have an incredible life on your own; but I can’t help but feel opening yourself to sharing with another person just brings something more.  And it’s worth the fear and the pain and the scary things for all the other good stuff that comes with it.  So, illustration number three is another prayer really, a prayer not to give up…

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