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

All that jazz

Jewelry

I knew being an obsessive Internet user would pay off one way or another. Here I was, after I had just finished watching a documentary everyone should see (thanks to Lou!) and without second thought opened my iBook and multiple tabs to check what was going on in the cyber world.

I saw past my boyfriend’s momentary ridicule of the speed in which I typed in addresses and refreshed pages. I didn’t care at all in fact, because just when I thought to check the treasury page, I realized it was on 333 lists. Only two minutes remained until the treasury list opened its tiny door and I desperately wanted to get my foot in the door!

NOTE to the average, not Etsy compulsive reader (Etsyians skip this paragraph): The treasury is basically compiled of various lists featuring 12 items, which are created by users. These lists expire after a day or two and this is more likely to give a chance to more people to create a list of things they like within a theme or color scheme. It is very difficult to catch a treasury because in order to do so, there should be less than 333 lists to allow for new ones. The lists often go up to 700+ so there’s general havoc and constant refreshing if you are set on having one.

So there was I, out of sheer luck, on the treasury page that announced the number of lists at 333. Reaction? Paralysis. Excitement. Paralysis. My boyfriend, who has been clued in to every Etsy aspect (largely due to my inability to shut up about it), was as excited as me — if not more. While I tried to focus on getting my fingers set, wondering if I should hit refresh or if the page would do so automatically, I had the added stress of him panicking in my ears, fretting over where the space to register would appear. I told him my assumption, but he repeated this worry three times at least, which then started to get me worried for no reason.

And then, I got my foot in the door. And here’s what I made of it:

All that jazz

All that jazz

My first treasury. Even my boyfriend couldn’t help but smile before going about his equally maniac routine of hitting the refresh button on his tabs.