Meet the Maker - Sarah Lovell Art

Hey there!  Welcome to the first in the Meet the Maker series.  Each week I'll be bringing you a blog all about the artist featured in Mondays Handmade in Focus series.  So here goes..........

Name: Sarah Thompson
Business Name: Sarah Lovell Art
Location: Wimborne Minster, Dorset
Website: www.sarahlovellart.co.uk
Regular Markets: The Anonymous Travelling Market which I have done 4 times, and other local markets too.

// Tell us a little bit about what you do.

I draw and paint mainly, and I love it! I then use my paintings as card designs and some of them are available as prints. I have recently produced my first colouring book, which is hopefully going to be the first of many.

I also do some sewing and have a collection of handmade sewn products on my website too, as well as a collection of bike and scooter ribbons (which are really popular as gifts for little ones to personalise their ride-ons).

// Where does your inspiration come from?

I have always loved to draw, ever since I can remember. I am inspired by my family, especially my children, by animals and sometimes by dreams I have. My work has a dream like quality to it.

// When did you start your business? 

Sarah Lovell Art has been up and running for about a year now.

// Where does the name come from?

My name! I have kept my art and business running under my maiden name. My married name is Thompson, but I still like to be Lovell too!

// Did you undertake any training in your craft or are you self-taught?

Yes, I studied art to degree level at Winchester School of Art, where I actually specialised in sculpture. Now I just do more 2D creations. 

// What was the first thing you ever sold and how did it make you feel?

Someone bought a drawing of mine whilst I was doing my art foundation course, and remember feeling so happy that someone wanted some of my art for their home! It is the same feeling now, every time someone buys a card, a print, or I get an on line order, it never fails to fill me with happiness and excitement that my art is going to be in someone else’s home.

// Do you have any advice for other crafters just starting out?
The thing that I have been told, and learnt through reading books, blogs, magazines etc is that just do what you love and love what you do, because that will show through, and if you love it, someone else will too!

// What’s your favourite thing about Dorset?

The beautiful countryside, and being close to the seaside.

// What could you not live without?

My lovely family and beautiful children, they amaze me every day!

// If you could eat anything right now what would you eat?

Lindt lindor chocolates (the red ones)!

// And finally, do you have any exciting plans coming up for your business?  Any inside scoops you can share with us?

I am planning on releasing a new colouring book in the new year to compliment the UK Wildlife Colouring book- same idea, different animals, watch this space!

Wow, what a great insight into the world of Sarah Lovell Art.  I really hope you enjoyed it.  I'd love to know what you think of this new feature.  Did you like the range of questions?  Would you like to me ask anything else of future Meet the Maker participants?  Let me know!

Happy Wednesday my lovelies. xx 

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