TOAF Sydney and new fashion illustration

My Coney Island Girls on a TOAF Sydney MINI Cooper!

Howdy Folks!

It is surely time for an update from me, non?!

To all of you whom I had the pleasure of chatting to at The Other Art Fair Sydney last month – thanks so much for assisting in the colouring in wall, and I hope you are loving the artwork, saucy cards, cushions, prints, badges, postcards, and pieces of Sarah Beetson that you took home with you from the exhibition?!

For the rest of you who have no idea what I’m on about – I exhibited my work at TOAF Sydney in September. I showcased a best of from my recent Coney Island residencies plus my fashion illustration portfolio. Here’s a peek at my artist stand:

This summer at Coney Island, I filled an entire sketchbook with unfinished drawings – leaving me with a slight predicament as to how to showcase this body of work in the exhibition. So, I decide to ask the Sydney public to join in and collaborate with me. I digitally printed the individual pages of my sketchbook onto a 3m x 1.5m canvas, and created a giant colouring in wall. Exhibition visitors were invited to pick out a permanent sharpie or fabric marker and add colour to the piece. Here’s some photos of the wall as the colouring in evolved:

The wall was an interesting experiment for me in letting go of control and trusting the participants with my artwork. Many adults were initially afraid to take part, feeling they might somehow ruin my artwork with their penmanship, but eventually thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Children had a great time getting involved, often wanting to stay for long periods adding colour to the Coney Island characters, rides and amusements in my drawings.

Finished Colouring In Wall!

Here’s a look at the finished collaboration! I’m hoping to have it cut into a tailored jacket which I’ll by able to wear!

All in all the show was a great success for me – I made lots of sales of original artwork, prints (Wonderwoman sold like hot cakes!) playing cards (X rated packs totally SOLD OUT!) and Beetson paraphenalia, as well as meeting art collectors from all walks of life and a great new gang of Sydney-based artists!

The show sent me home to my Queensland farm studio with a wonderful renewed energy, and I’ve been creating a brand new body of work based around the recent SS16 shows at London Fashion Week. These two illustrations are centred around the Kit Neale and Christopher Kane collections:

Kit Neale SS16

Christopher Kane, Crash and Repair Collection SS16

Here are a couple of sneakypeaks from the other things I’m working on, including a drawing inspired by the Gareth Pugh ss16 collection and some sketches from a commission I’m creating for Santas Negras cafe boutique in Uruguay….

I’ve got a few more projects currently in TOP SECRET development, and I’ll reveal them here asap!

Until then, love, rainbows, custard apples and long soaks in the outdoor tub!

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