Plain Banans Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

If it’s one thing I like (well, actually I like too many things, but regardless), it’s dressing up in costume. I’ve always been the dreamy kind of costume dresser: come carnival or Halloween, I always opted for the chic, feminine look, dressing up as a high class lady or a jazzy flapper from the ’20s, much to the general confusion of my other 10-year-old friends. I did the flapper look 4 times over the years because as I grew up, I actually went beyond the suave pretty dresses of the time, I realized that the period truly captivated me.

As it turns out, I’m not the only one inspired by all that razzle dazlle. Meet Matou En Peluche. You can call her Sam if you like — it is, after all, her real name.  Yes, hello Friday — it’s time for some friend time.

November Wallflowers- 4 X 6 print

November Wallflowers- 4 X 6 print

This Australian artist holds a degree in Education and is currently teaching English as a Second Language (like this banana over here). Her heart, however, has always belonged to the Arts, and liked being involved with anything artistic – from pottery to performance art. Her secret favorite? Drawing.

As a university student at Sydney university, she drew at the “dungeons” of the student newspaper, and later followed-up as a freelance illustrator and cartoonist for a range of publications — from children’s books to Mad Magazine — before obtaining specific training as an  ESL teacher. She joined Etsy about a year ago and has felt overwhelmed by the incredible talent, connections and wonderful things it has to offer.

So what’s all this French about? Here, meet Harry, your average plush tomcat, and also her dad’s beloved pet.

Harry

Harry

But what does Sam have to say for all this?

My name is…Samantha (Sam) Battersby.

I make…charcoal and pastel drawings of quirky fur and feathers and stylish gals.

I’m inspired by…everything!

I cannot live without…my boyfriend, my Dad and his cat Harry and time alone to draw.

Art Deco Flapper - print

Art Deco Flapper - print

An item I’ve made that was hard to let go…was a drawing of a butterfly I drew for a friend as a present when I was 10 years old.

I create because…it’s such an incredible adventure!

I wish I…could fly!

If I could learn another art it would be…to be able to play a vibraphone (it’s like a xylophone but a bit different!)

My website is…http://www.matouenpeluche.typepad.com

I blog because…it’s the most fun you can have with a keyboard and mouse!

Irene and her BLUE VELVET COAT - print

Irene and her BLUE VELVET COAT - print

One day…I’d like to live in a house with a garden, my nearest and dearest and a couple of pussy cats.

I started…knitting a scarf last year but I still haven’t finished it!

I always…enjoy a good laugh!

If I were a color I would be…duck egg blue.

My full-time job…is thinking about beautiful things to draw.

In a nutshell…I’d be happy to become a drawing hermit.

In a bigger nutshell…actually, I think I’m a drawing hermit in truth already!

Here’s where you can find Sam:

blog: http://matouenpeluche.typepad.com

shop: http://www.matouenpeluche.etsy.com

I leave you with some more plush drawings.

Have a jazzy Friday!

Love - print

Love - print

Lovely Rita - 4 X 6 print

Lovely Rita - 4 X 6 print

Little Blue Bird of Happiness II - print

Little Blue Bird of Happiness II - print

Little Geisha Girl - 4 X 6 print

Little Geisha Girl - 4 X 6 print

Plain Bananas Has Friends

Plain Bananas Has Friends

Post #1

It’s Friday and I have friends (sorry, The Cure). Yes, I do, and what’s more I want you to meet them.

Wanting to put my journalism degree to some good use (other than dust collector) I decided to run a feature on Fridays on artists I either like, connect with or am inspired by (sometimes, all three, of course). It will keep me on my journalistic toes and it will introduce you to some wonderfully creative people — not to mention give you an ever-expanding list of options of presents you could surprise me with.

So without further ado, I present you Kreativlink, from Austria.

As a child, she was sure that the distant year of 2000 would find her in an artistic persona, and oddly enough it has. She worked as a self-employed web-designer / programmer before she decided to devote herself full time to the arts and the world of journal-making. Lucky for us, of course.

Let’s get to know her better, shall we?

My name is…Renate Ikinger a.k.a. Kreativlink.

I makemostly journals from suede but also painted fabric ones.

Swirly Growings, painted fabric journal

Swirly Growings, painted fabric journal

I’m inspired bynature mostly and my somewhat crazy brain that often brings up strange ideas.

I cannot live withoutmy loved ones, enough time for me alone, frozen snickers, diet coke, laughter, dreaming, trees.

An item I’ve made that was hard to let gooh there where many. Probably this one.

I create because…I’m not good in other jobs.

I wish I…won the lottery and could make a crazy “supplies around the world” shopping trip!

Hidden, original drawing, ink and watercolors

Hidden, original drawing, ink and watercolors

If I could learn another art it would be…ceramics.

My website is…http://www.kreativlink.at

I blog because…it’s fun.

One day…I’ll live in a house by the sea.

I started…because I could not afford sketchbooks with good paper in it.

Birds on a Wire, leather journal, suede

Birds on a Wire, leather journal, suede

I always…think that life still does suprise me.

If I were a color, I would be…purple. Or more realistically, black. Everything, but not pink.

My full-time job…is it. Starving artist. Oh yeah…

In a nutshell…should better be a nut!

In a bigger nutshell…ought to be an even bigger nut!

Here’s where you can find Renate:

blog: http://www.kreativlink.at

shop:http://etsy.kreativlink.at

flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kreativlink/

twitter: http://twitter.com/kreativlink

Or become a fan on Facebook: http://de-de.facebook.com/people/Renate-Kreativlink-Ikinger/1523500282

I leave you with a sneak peek at Renate’s workspace and some more of her wonderful creations.

Have a creative Friday!

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Insomnia, painted fabric journal

Insomnia, painted fabric journal

My Flowers Are Alien, painted fabric journal

My Flowers Are Alien, painted fabric journal

Hungry Dog, original drawing, ink and watercolors

Hungry Dog, original drawing, ink and watercolors