When we first saw artist Sara’s animal illustrations wearing Dahlia pieces we were absolutely smitten! We simply had to contact her to find out more. Sara, from Florida, has a bachelor of fine arts degree from Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and also a Master of fine arts from School of Visual Arts in New York City. We asked her a couple of questions and it went something like this…
Bunny wearing Dahlia Bella Top
How long have you been drawing for?
I’ve been drawing for several years.
What made you start drawing?
When I was a little girl, my cousin Anna was always doing these amazingly fluid, seemingly effortless drawings and pastels of horses that just blew me away. She was and still is a great inspiration. I also just love the way that drawing from life puts me into this zone where I’m required to totally connect with the subject in a really intimate way.
Is there anything specific that inspires your art?
The beauty, diversity, and innocence of the animal kingdom have always inspired me. In the past year I’ve gone from a vegetarian to a vegan diet, and it feels great to know that my actions correspond with my values.
I’ve also been very inspired by people I encounter. You know when someone breezes past you on the street and you’re just dumbstruck by the originality of their style? That type of thing happens from time to time and usually makes its way into my art somehow.
Music is a huge inspiration. I’m half of the noise/rock/improv duo Slasher Risk. The community of musicians in this genre is pretty close-knit and supportive. They work together to make things happen. When Lady Gaga wants to go on tour, her staff goes to work. But when your band is putting out ear-splitting walls of feedback, you kind of have to make it happen yourself.
English Sparrow in Dahlia Cat Ear Bowler Hat
Tell us about your etsy shop.
My etsy shop is brand new and evolving. Currently everything in the shop is one-of-a-kind. I’ll be offering art, accessories, and apparel, all hand made by yours truly. I plan to add archival prints from my paintings and drawings as well. I use only natural fibers in my garments and accessories. They feel wonderful against the skin and they’re typically easier to sew than synthetics.
Where I’m living I have access to some great thrift stores and estate sales. I’ve found some neglected garments and wonderful fabrics that I’ve been able to refashion and upcycle. I was recently amazed to find a two-yard cut of ecru silk crepe de chine for one dollar.
Any tips for readers that are new to art/wanting to get into art?
Just start doing it and don’t worry too much about the results. Find supportive people who do art and hang out with them. Draw everything and anything. Challenge yourself but have fun. Keeping a daily sketchbook is a fun and rewarding way to stay involved. It doesn’t matter if you only have fifteen minutes to do art each day. Just keep at it.
If you’re out and about and see something inspiring, snap a photo to use as a reference later. Visiting galleries, museums, and the library can be really uplifting and inspiring, too. And even though I have mixed feelings about zoos, where else can you stare at and draw a real live rhinoceros for as long as you like?
Which is your favourite Dahlia piece of our current collection?
question ever! All of them! Okay, if choose I must: the Hannah Navy
Chiffon Blouse with Lace Overlay.
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