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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.

More lovely badgers for Badgerween

Posted on: October 17th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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Badgerween is a black and white stripy celebration of Halloween from the Badger Sett – a group of compassionate creatives fundraising for the Badger Trust.  We are supporting their badger vaccination project, a positive alternative to the cull which is being increasingly rolled out across the UK.

How gorgeous are these textile are badgers from Maysie Daydreams?

The badgers are available in Amanda’s online shop here.

And you can pre-order some of this scrummy Truffle Hunter Yarn from Mad Scientist Yarns:

You can get your hands on some Trufflehunter yarn here.

And there will be lots more coming soon, including project bags from Annie at Busy Pottering, who has found the cutest fabric!

I’m also still busy drawing things,and have been following some of the prompts for #mabsdrawlloweenclub on Instagram.  I wanted to draw something that touched on why the Badger Sett exists – so drew some ghost badgers, a haunted badger cage and a laboratory…

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These drawings for #Badgerween and #mabsdrawlloweenclub have turned into a little story about why I started the Badger Sett, a group of creatives fundraising for @badgertrust 🐾👻🐾 1. The #ghost badgers haunt the silent fields in their thousands. The wild landscapes they used to call home bereft of their digging paws and soft sounds. Uprooted and lost, they search for their old setts, crossing roads and drifting through supermarket car parks, meandering through dead grass where bees used to buzz. 🐾 2. If only each badger trapped and shot could warn the next badger not to enter the cage… #hauntedobject. 🐾 3. In the #laboratory, scientists plot and plan and explore less deathly ways to deal with bTb and keep our badgers safe…

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and I’ve added some colour to my mushroom badgers and they’re now available as a print:

You can find my Badgerween collection here.

 

Welcome to Badgerween!

Posted on: October 8th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

badgerween logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

The Badger Sett are celebrating a black and white stripy Halloween this year, fundraising for the Badger Trust.

We are a collective of creatives making things to support the badger vaccination project and help end the badger cull, and the first few items for sale have just gone live.

There’s a little and growing collection of black and white and badgery things in the Samdrawsthings online shop…

And I am really excited to announce that MAD Scientist Yarns have just launched a Badgerween colourway!

This beautiful hand-dyed yarn is Trufflehunter, and it’s available for pre-order now:

Other members of the Sett are busy developing ideas for Badgerween (and Badgermas!) so I’ll keep you posted as more creations are unveiled.

I’m also attempting to keep up with the drawing prompts for Mab’s Drawlloween club over on Instagram, adding a badger theme to each prompt, and will be developing these into prints and things…

Happy Badgerween!  🙂

 

 

A new botanical illustration for the Flower Power Fund

Posted on: September 17th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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. 

 

Ram Dass, spirituality and crochet

Posted on: April 12th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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…”she came up and she said “Thank you so much. That makes perfect sense. That’s just the way I understand the universe to be.”

 

And I said, “How do you know? I mean, what have you done in your life that has brought you into those kinds of experiences?”

 

She leaned forward very conspiratorially and she said, “I crochet.””

This is from one of my favourite pieces of writing by Ram Dass about a sweet little lady in a hat attending one of his lectures when everyone else was a young hippy with beads and flowers in their hair. She had reached spirituality through a completely different route; not psychedelics or prayer or traditional meditation, but crochet.

I Crochet Ram Dass illustration of a wise lady with stars in her eyes by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.co.uk

I really needed to draw her. She’s part of my #100dayschallenge for #bettermentalhealth, inspired by my new knitting and crochet friends. I’m just starting to learn to knit, and one of the reasons is how calming I’ve heard it is. This little lady has the wisdom of the stars in her eyes achieved by hours with yarn and a little hook…

You can find the Ram Dass article here.

My first enamel pin :)

Posted on: April 2nd, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It’s been a real delight to design my first enamel pin in honour of the Flower Power Fund.  I translated the branding I created for them into a simplified version using  Adobe Illustrator, learning along the way how to translate my scribblly, wobbly style into something that would work on a pin…  I am absolutely thrilled with how they came out, they are so shiny and lovely!

They’re available for pre-order now for £7 each, and £2 from every pin sale will be donated to Marie Curie (registered charity number 207994 England & Wales, SC038731 in Scotland).

You can find them in my Etsy Shop here, and my online shop here 🙂

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🌸 designing the @flowerpowerfund pins has been such a lovely process. I love learning new things and I’ve had to get my head round minimalism (not my strong point) to translate my drawing style into enamel. @badgeplus have been super helpful. 😘 I’ve got lots of ideas for other pin designs now… 😀 this one will be up for pre-order at 10am tomorrow. It’s going to be quite a limited run, there will be 175 up for grabs on the preorders and I’m hoping we make 100 orders pretty quick so I can make the full order to manufacture them next week! Then they’ll take a few weeks to be made and shipped and ready to pin 🌸 #soexcited #illustration #enamelpin #drawing #flowers #learning #snowdrop #flowerpowerfund #fundraising #madeintheuk

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Drawing on Unicorns

Posted on: November 4th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

It all started with a trip to Hobbycraft…

Actually, the trip came after I discovered the work of the wonderful Athena of Entangled Forest, and bought a gorgeous little Pegasus from her and started to build up a virtual Instagram friendship.

Then, I went to Hobbycraft, and in the sale bin I saw this guy…

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And I had an idea.  What if I drew on him?  So while sitting in the car with a napping toddler, I started sewing into the lovely unicorn as if I was drawing…

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And it started to feel a bit magical.

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And I went back to Hobbycraft for something completely different, and this happened:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

So now, I have a little collection of unicorns looking for new homes!  They are all unique – even though their bodies aren’t hand-made, they have very different characters and poses, and they are all decorated by hand, and some of them have had a bit of surgery and extra TLC.

There are a few different breeds.

First up The Motleycorn – is the original monochrome unicorn, decorated with hand stitched stars:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Then there’s a hand-drawn version of the Motleycorn:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And as I started to stretch out of my monochrome comfort zone, the Lunacorn was born:

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Which then lead to the creation of the Galaxycorn:Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

And then, because the world of colour was opening up even more and just because, there came the Rainbow Unicorn: Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

Drawing on unicorns - by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

So I have 27 of these lovely creatures for sale in my online Etsy store, and this weekend I am offering free postage!  Just click here to go the shop and have a look.  The discount should apply if you go through that way, or you can just enter the coupon code FREESHIPPING at the checkout.

Or if you can just send me a message or email info@samdrawsthings.co.uk to place your order.

Each unicorn is unique and comes with an adoption certificate and an A5 unicorn print 🙂

Unicorn adoption certificate from illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

 

 

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Hedgerow Yarns branding looking lovely :)

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 by samdrawsthings No Comments

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