pinecone

pinecone by everglow handmade

taking some time to get into painting/drawing over this break and i'm loving it. wish i could do this forever. also, just finished watching broadchurch season 2 and so many feels. :'( 

meet: sarah mcneils

sarah mcneils is a full time artist and illustrator who is based out of melbourne, australia. her illustrations and zines are full of personality and give you a glimpse at the girl behind the work. sarah is here to share more about her process and the things that matter!

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what is your background?
i studied fine art for three years at monash university. i wish i had ben more mature when i had gone to art school so i could have understood the lessons better! i think since school i have learned a lot just by working as an artist and spending my time with interesting people.
 

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how did you get started on etsy?
i finished art school and was having trouble finding a job because i used to be painfully shy. etsy was great cause i could make things and sell them and earn money to live.
 

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tell us about you + zines.
zines and art books for me are a way for me to communicate with other people in a way that i want to communicate. i like that they are an affordable form of art that can be available to a lot of different people (unlike expensive fine art only available at galleries, or even non expensive art that is stuck on its own ways). i love making zines and i love helping people make zines of their own too.
 

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what has been your favorite project that you’ve worked on in 2015 so far?
working with people to help them print work on my risograph. working together to make the best possible art.
 

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what are you most looking forward to this year and into next?
making more zines and art books, trying new printing methods, more publishing for others.
 

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what advice would you give to makers who are just getting started?
try really hard, be critical and practice a lot. find your own style and where you fit in the world and make lots of pals.

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thanks for sharing, sarah! check out more of sarah's work by visiting her site here

photos courtesy of sarah mcneils.

meet: anna blandford of able and game

able and game is a very fun card company created by wife-and-husband team anna & gareth. based in melbourne, australia, they are making everyone smile with their witty cards and other charming products, like tea towels and tote bags. take a peak at how they started able and game and fall in love with their work!

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what is your background?
i loved art and design in my final two years of high school and focused on that as the main area of my study, with maths and english thrown in. i spent a year abroad in belgium as an exchange student and by chance ended up at a high school that focused on art. when i returned to australia i spent three years working on a fine art degree, focusing on painting, drawing and public art. i did some travel, worked some crappy jobs, then did a diploma of education and spent three years teaching art and design. during this time i started a business making screenprinted bags, badges and other things. i stopped doing that in 2009 when i started able and game with my husband, gareth.

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how did able & game get started?
in 2007 i quit my teaching job to focus on my now defunct design label. 2008 was a hard year, the business didn’t really thrive and i lost focus. however i came up with the name able and game, a combination of my initials and my husbands with the plan to start a greeting card business with him. i think the thing that drove me was the name. it is so hard to come up with a good name, but i really liked it! gareth wasn’t so keen on starting a business with me, he thought i was disorganized, lacked focus and didn’t do the things i told him to do. all true, but six years later he has learnt to put up with it, i guess.

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how did you develop your style?
it has changed over the years, but it is still fundamentally about dorky people. coming up with card ideas still drives me, i am always listening into conversations and then thinking how can that become a card?

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what inspires you?
people, i want to know everything about them. the more mundane the better.

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what are you most looking forward to this year and into next?
working more! this year has been a slow year on the work front due to creating a small human. but next year he will go to day care for a couple of days and i’m looking forward to having more time to work on the business. we often joke that able and game is our first born and our actual first born child is the second born.

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what advice would you give to makers who are just getting started? 
just start. often you think you need to get a lot of stuff sorted, but that stuff can be sorted out when you have started and you learn as you go. also, seek out friends and family’s opinions, but try and get honest feedback. sure it is nice to hear your stuff is amazing, but it is also good to hear honest feedback, it might hurt a bit, but in the long run it will help your business more than you will know.

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thanks so much for spending some time us, anna! check out more of able and game by visiting their website and etsy

photos courtesy of able & game.

download: christmas gift tags

christmas gift tags by everglow handmade

can you believe that christmas is in a week? i am so excited to rest, celebrate and have a break, but i also have so much to get done before then! i haven't wrapped any of my gifts yet. but, i have made these cute christmas gift tags pictured above that i will use when i do get around to wrapping them. 

if you're on the same page as me and need a little something something to spice up your gifts, click the link below at the bottom to download the gift tags! they are ready to print on a printer size paper. just cut and go! and have fun wrapping all your gifts or use the tags just for a cute decoration. enjoy!

christmas gift tags by everglow handmade
christmas gift tags by everglow handmade
christmas gift tags by everglow handmade