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A couple of new knitting-based projects

Posted on: March 22nd, 2019 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Design work is a funny business – sometimes there’s a really tight deadline and turn around; sometimes things are in the pipe line for ages before they come out into the light of day.  Through a combination of both of those, I’ve got a couple of new pieces of work to share with you!

I was so excited to see Cartref Yarn appear on my Instagram feed today.  I designed their logo last year and have been dying to talk about it. Jennie and Zoe knew that they wanted something based around a Welsh map.  Below is a page from their branding pack (everyone I work with gets a shiny pack with tips on how to use their new goodies in).

Cartref Yarn branding by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

You can follow their journey on Instagram here (it’s already looking really good):

Hutch of Dye Candy reached out at the end of last year with a more general idea for us to collaborate on something.  We’ve got lots more to share with you soon, but we kicked off with a drawing of Hutch inspired by Tank Girl!  I’m going to be doing a few of these drawings with different poses, backgrounds and text on to share on her social media feeds.

Although both in the yarn world, these projects are so different, and I just love how the diverse members of the community bring their own personality into their brands.

Both projects also gave me a nice push to try something new – I’d never drawn a map before, and animals and plants are definitely my comfort zone over drawing people.  I never really know how a project is going to turn out when I begin it, but I’m so pleased with how these worked out.

You can see more of the projects I’ve been working on here 🙂

New project to help badgers

Posted on: September 28th, 2018 by samdrawsthings No Comments

Badger Sett logo by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

This week I’m launching a new fundraising initiative with a collective of other creatives to help fundraise for badgers.

The UK’s badger’s have had such a spectacularly awful time at our hands, I am sometimes amazed that we have any left.  These black and white stripy mustelids have a long history of persecution, and were finally granted legal protection from killing and injury to stop things like badger baiting and fighting.

When I lived in Cornwall in the early 2000s, the government started a scientific trial badger cull in the South West, to see if it would stop the spread of bovine tuberculosis among cows.  It was a heartbreaking time and so strange to think that these protected animals were now being legally killed.   However, the results came back that this was not an effective way to stop the spread of bTb and help cattle farmers protect their herds.

But.  The government then rolled the badger cull out to other areas anyway, and they keep rolling it out further and further, with very little science to prove that killing badgers does anything to impact bTb.

After a flurry of petitions and donations when the big culls started, I had to tune out of badger news because it was just too depressing.

Last week though, I got an email newsletter from the Badger Trust.  Among all their amazing work (what do you do when your own government wants to destroy the animal you were set up to protect?!) they are running a badger vaccination project and it sounds really promising, for all sorts of reasons.  One reason is that it costs £1,000 to cull a badger but £200 to vaccinate one.  You can read all about this hopeful project on the Badger Trust website here.

So I did a bit of a call out on social media…

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We need to talk about the badgers… 🌳 I couldn’t make the #peoplesmarchforwildlife today but I was there in spirit for all our wildlife but especially badgers. 🖤 They started the trial badger cull when I was living in Cornwall in the early 2000s, and it broke my heart. But the results came back saying it didn’t work as a way to help control bovine TB. And then the government widened the cull anyway, despite the scientific evidence. And they’ve just widened it again. @badgertrust have been working tirelessly all this time to stop the cull, to run legal challenges, to protect badgers, to find a better solution. 🖤 And they have. It costs £1,000 per badger to cull them, but £200 per badger to vaccinate them. 🙌 I’d love to do something to support them and help fund raise, so I’m hatching a plan of some things to make and sell to raise donations. If you make things too and you’d like to help, do drop me a message. 🖤 And watch this space!

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And the Badger Sett was born 🙂

We are a group of creative people raising funds and awareness for the badger vaccination programme.  We are going to be celebrating Badgerween and Badgermas by making all sorts of lovely things and donation a percentage of all our sales to the Badger Trust.   You can read more about it here, and sign up if you would like to join in too!

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

The Flower Power Fund goes live

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

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EDIT: available to purchase NOW! link in profile! SO happy to be part of such a wonderful cause raising money for Marie Curie. @sherlock_knits is undertaking the most wonderful task of organising a year of flowers for all you yarn fans out there! 12 months, 12 dyers, 12 flowers. I’m honoured to be first up, dyeing up yarn for January. My flower is “Snowdrop” and it is in the dye pots right now! It will be available on 4 bases (Super Sock, Gold Sparkle, BFL Sock and MCN Sock) and will be on a Ready to Ship and Pre-Order basis. Photos of the yarn will follow later when it’s dry.! It will be available in the shop to purchase tonight at 8pm GMT, with £3.50 from the sale of each Skein being donated to Marie Curie. Artwork by @samdrawsthings #crochetersofinstagram #knittersofinstagram #operationsockdrawer #norahgeorgeyarns #mariecurie #flowerpowerfund

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An exciting new project launched on Wednesday at 8pm – raising funds for Marie Curie, 12 independent yarn dyers are creating 12 beautiful knitting yarns inspired by different flowers.  A new yarn will be launched every month in 2018.

Hand-dyed yarn is the designer end of knitting – the beautiful coloured skeins are generally created in small batches that often sell out reeeeeally fast.  I’ve had a little glimpse into this wonderful woolly world through created the branding for the gorgeous Hedgerow Yarns.  Jane’s scrummy creations sell out in minutes!

And following on from that bit of loveliness, I was commissioned by the wonderful Sarah Holmes to create the logo and branding for The Flower Power Fund.  You can find them on Instagram here and Sarah’s Just Giving page with more info is here.  Sarah is doing all sorts of awesome things to raise funds this year, and it’s not the first time.  Last year she ran a campaign that meant that everyone in a Marie Curie hospice got a beautiful pair of hand-kintted socks for Christmas, and sold a sock knitting pattern to raise almost £600.

The Flower Power Fund first yarn was Snowdrop by Norah George and it’s so pretty!  There is a limited batch ready to ship, and luckily this time they are also going to be made to order when that sells out.  They were snapped up really quickly on Wednesday after they launched 🙂

You can buy Snowdrop online here.

And if you NEED to know when all those lovely yarns are being launched and set your Yarn Alarm, you can sign up to join the mailing list and keep up with the news here.

Yarn Alarm banner by illustrator Sam Goodlet - www.samdrawsthings.com

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