February 25, 2015

So long *waves*

RIP The Girl Lives

Life happens, blogs die and I think it's safe to say a formal farewell to The Girl Lives. If you still want to stay in touch I am on Tumblr these days, which is better suited to my lazy ways. Just follow the SEE HERE diamond link on the right   >>-------------------->

See you on the flip side friends!

Sarah ox

January 26, 2014



Happy 2014!!!

It's been a looooooooooooooooonnnnng time. Things definitely got away from me blog-wise. As they tend to...I have been contemplating putting this blog to bed? But maybe it's better to actually update it instead ( ゜-゜)?

Anyhow, here is some work I submitted to Tinning Street's Smash and Grab fundraiser in December 2013. It was a lot of fun!

Loot for Smash and Grab

Your Diamonds for Smash and Grab

I'm opening an Etsy store with prints for sale very soon.
There may be a market on the horizon also.
I will be getting a lot of work done soon as I'm going back to Uni to finish a degree I started almost ten years ago.
T E N.
Some people have babies, some people are graduates with careers, some people become famous, other people fuck around a lot. Hi!

Until next year! (Not really)

April 21, 2012

April 20, 2012

Graphic Design for Frances Baker

This is pretty exciting for me, as it's the first job of this kind that I've done outside of design school. As most of you know, I've been working with Josie on many little things, but this is probably one of my favourite jobs to date....it could be a case of too much coffee and the excitement of several courier deliveries. Sad, right?

Josie was asked by Etsy if she would like to contribute to their stall for the Finders Keepers market, which, might I say is a hugely exciting opportunity, I'm so excited for her! We decided to bite the bullet and produce some business cards as well as some little postcards to promote her store and blog. Our house  kind of feels like a little creative studio, Josie sewing away, me designing little bits and pieces, talking to printers and our beautiful photographer friend Hannah. It's been pretty surreal, though I fear I might have let school take the back-burner a little too much. OOPS! Oh well, real world jobs people! AND a totally amazing opportunity to work with some of my favourite people doing something I am totally in love with. Love love love. Yep. I said I was excited. That's no lie.

Here's a little peek at what we've done!

Frances Baker in print

April 13, 2012

Happy Friday

I have been rather busy of late with school and various little design projects. I thought I would just make a small post. A lot has been happening:
The Frances Baker collection I worked on with Josie has been released into the big wide world. So far it's been really well received! You can see Josie's post, and see the photos (taken by the wonderful Hannah Kelly) here
The collection is up on etsy and bigcartel too.
Here are a few pictures from the lookbook with the fabrics I worked on for Josie.

Oh, and here is something I saw floating around in my "photos to blog" folder. Late last year I purchased a small wooden doll by Eveline Tarunadjaja After going to her exhibition at No Vacancy, I fell in love with this little doll. I can't remember if I posted about it or not? I also particularly love the flower in this photo (I nabbed it from someones garden, it was just so pretty)

desk things

March 19, 2012

Final Pattern #2 for Frances Baker


This be the second pattern design for Frances Bakers new collection. I think the gold makes it my favourite. I'm pretty busy today so I won't bother you too much with the particulars!

process...kind of

the fabric

It might be hard to tell from some of these photos (alas, printing at night has made them a little on the dark side) but I believe that the way the fabric is dyed sort of makes it look like clouds in a city night sky. You know, when the sky is more purple than midnight blue, and the clouds reflect the light pollution making them sort of pinky orange? (i make it sound so romantic)

Frances Baker AW12 Pattern #2 3

Frances Baker AW12 Pattern #2 2

Frances Baker AW12 Pattern #2

golden water

The sink-full of golden water was also pretty rad.

March 17, 2012

Final Pattern #1 for Frances Baker

Frances Baker AW12 5

I'm pretty excited to share this with you all. As some of you would know, I have been working closely with friend/housemate/genius Frances Baker on her latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2012. We've been scheming about patterns for quite a while now. And since being back from Adelaide, we've progressed in leaps and bounds. You probably saw a few posts back about some of the progress it has been making. Anyhow, on a quiet Monday afternoon (a few weeks ago) I got down to printing. It was pretty exciting for me, and for Josie too! We're still deliberating over names. So many average names...(my naming skills are lacking)

Frances Baker AW12 1

Frances Baker AW12 3

Frances Baker AW12 2

Frances Baker AW12 4

February 26, 2012

how about this heat?

happy lamb
A pretty happy lamb.

A few years ago I saw a talk by Andrea Innocent at AGIdeas. One thing she mentioned that really stood out for me was to go back and look at the creative work you did as a child. I took note, it sounded like such an excellent idea! So, as my birthday present to myself last year, I made sure I did this when I was in Adelaide. Of late, I've been feeling a little bit creatively lost, a bit tired of what I do, looking for inspiration everywhere I can. I think at the time I was expecting to have some kind of revelation, that all my creative, white middle class woes would sort themselves out, but it wasn't so, and neither should it have been!

On the plus side, it was pretty interesting to see how I did things when I was in Nursery School and Prep. The good thing about this exercise, i think, is that kids don't have any reason to not do something. They have the materials and they just play and experiment. They can't over think things because they don't have that level of consciousness yet (or something?). So, I think it's great to see how you did something intuitively...at least, I like to think it was intuitive... It reminded me about how important it is to experiment. Do something differently, look at something from a different angle, all that jazz.

On a more personal note, it was a great way to help affirm who I am and how I seem do things, though there were some vaguely jarring things...like this lamb. I think that if you're feeling a bit uninspired and at a loss creatively, then this could be interesting for you as well.

Oh, and among the drawings there was a lot of bookwork, funnily enough, most of my writing exercises were half done but all the pictures were coloured in. Hmmm. On asking Mum what my deal was, she said that, according to my teachers, I tended to drift off in class and look out the window a lot. way. to. go.

With that in mind, this week I'm back at school...


Anyhow, it was pretty hot here in Melbourne. The short of it is that I complain about the heat a lot, I get totally grumpy. Josie and Sam had some foresight and bought some ice cream. Such a good plan!

Being slightly heat crazed and sugar-high, I made this poster for our house (call it procrastination):


February 18, 2012

Oh, it's been a long while!

I don't have a lot to say but I have been working on some pretty exciting things of late.

Best kind of view
Marigolds blooming
Chamomile drying

These are a few shots of my new house. That view at the top, that's what I can see from where I work at my desk. I feel pretty lucky. The others are a few new plants I've acquired. Marigold's and Chamomile to be exact.

Frances Baker logo
Frances Baker swingtags

Some design work for Frances Baker. I have loved working with Josie, she has been so supportive of my style and nothing beats when things just work and everyone is happy. It helps when you know your client well, designing for them becomes a whole lot simpler. I love Josie's aesthetic with everything that she does. Taking note of little things like the colours she wears and items/ideas that she is drawn to has made things very easy indeed! I think one of the most exciting things for me, has been dabbling in watercolour once more, which is unfortunately, not something I get to do as often as I would like. In a nutshell, awesome clients RULE!

Stamps for Frances Baker A/W 2012
Frances Baker pattern A/W 2012
Frances Baker pattern A/W 2012
Frances Baker pattern A/W 2012

But, perhaps the most exciting thing of all, is working with Josie on her latest collection for Autumn/Winter 2012. I've been given the task of creating a patten for some of her beautiful garments and I can't wait to get printing. I feel incredibly lucking to be able to explore my growing love for textiles with such a wonderfully talented friend and designer. There has been a lot of experimentation, I have a literal mountain of experiments, some good but not quite right, others downright atrocious. It has been incredibly fun!

December 24, 2011

a quick note on Frances Baker (behind-the-scenes)


My lovely friend Jo from Frances Baker posted some photos I took as a behind-the-scenes look at her newest (and most wonderful) collection for Summer 2011/12 (inspired by The Virgin Suicides and Stealing Beauty no less!!)


It was such a wonderful day, Jo went to all the trouble of providing food (sushi and cupcakes :D) And it was so great to watch how everyone worked together. I helped out around the place if they needed an extra pair of hands!

photoshoot_3we're looking rather goofy here! I think think one was taken by Kat
You can see the proper post over at Frances Baker


p.s. Happy Holidays!!...how is it Christmas already?!