Musing…. We get a lot of inspiration from women that we admire – we draw from their style, their values, their creativity, their aesthetics, their daily routines. We secretly just want to be these women, and because we can’t totally take over their lives… we try to either work with them or connect with them personally.
Sarah Campbell is one of those muses and we are lucky enough to work with her in creating the cute illustrations that you see throughout our site. Sarah is an illustrator working with various different mediums and after growing up in Vancouver, has spent the past few years in Australia and is currently doing an artist residency in Finland.
We wanted to ask Sarah a few questions on topics that have been so front of mind lately since she always has a refreshingly real perspective on things.
We hope you enjoy…
How did you get into illustrating?
By working jobs that I didn’t like which spurred a period of soul searching – realising I wanted to make art for a living and then doing some research on different ways I could make that happen. I found a three year illustration and graphic design course which I was immediately super excited about and which turned out to be an amazing course and led me to where I am now!
What inspires you with your illustrations?
I love observational drawing and they comprise most of my personal work. I bring my sketchbook with me and draw when I see something that strikes my fancy. Sometimes if I don’t have time I’ll take a photo and draw from it later but there’s something about being right in front of what you’re drawing that is way more enjoyable and usually turns out better. I’m also inspired by nature, colour and other artists past and present. I’ve just been to London and Paris so have seen so many epic artworks at galleries that have inspired me! But also just walking around the streets, there was inspiration to be had everywhere!
What does green beauty mean to you?
Simplicity comes to mind firstly. Using products with only natural ingredients, making products when you can – my favourite to make is toner spray out of different teas! Green, peppermint and chamomile are my favourites. I try to use products which are minimally packaged, for example shampoo bars and of course, a safety razor! Also I use coconut oil as moisturiser and refill my jar at a bulk food store. I do this with toothpaste too and you can even get floss refills. I have dabbled in making my own makeup…such as beet juice as lip stain and powdered beets as blush…I would like to get more into making my own makeup as you can get all the ingredients at most natural/bulk food stores!
How do you reduce your environmental footprint?
I’m vegetarian and try to eat organic food whenever possible. I used to think that eating organic was just a healthier alternative but it’s so much more than that. I believe it’s super important as a consumer to put your money towards the kind of world you want to see. I want to see a world with healthy soil that produces ample food for everyone, bee’s and other insect populations back on the rise, clean air and waterways – conventional farming is horrible for the environment. The pesticides which kill insects vital to the eco-system also contaminate our waterways. Conventional farming also causes soil to degrade which over time means the soil will no longer be able to support growth of plants. Not a good situation!!!
I avoid single use plastics and try to shop at bulk food stores so i can reuse my same containers again and again.
I also avoid fast fashion as that’s one of the worst industries as far as pollution and also the ethical side is just not something I can turn a blind eye to. I buy most of my clothes second hand which I reckon is more fun anyways and you save money so really a no brainer!
I think generally just being aware, curious and open to alternative ideas is vital. We’ve been doing some things for so long that we often just accept and don’t stop to think about it. Razors being a good example. We all grew up seeing our parents with disposable razors and our first razors were disposable and all our friends had the same ones so no one really stopping and thought, wait a sec, maybe there is a better way? Thankfully people are asking these questions and finding solutions more and more. Often it’s going back to the old fashioned way which we never should have strayed from in a lot of cases!
What are some of the little things that keep you going?
tea, meditation, reading, baths, getting out in nature, cuddling animals.
Go to song?
Hard question! Don’t think twice it’s alright, Bob Dylan I suppose is my classic go to but lately I’ve been super into a dude from Melbourne called Ryan Downey…Particularly the songs Running and 1+1
What’s something you’re manifesting right now?
A fun, eye-opening, mind expanding safe and art-filled, joy-filled rest of my trip. Some epic illustration jobs to line up for when i get back to Sydney! I’m planning on buying a van when I get back and living out of it for a bit so a sweet ass van already fitted out for a good price would be just fiiiine.
Go to outfit?
Denim and a t-shirt (second hand of course).
What are some misconceptions you feel exist about self care?
I guess that it’s selfish and self-indulgent which is seen as a bad thing but I think that’s changing. People are realising more that you have to be a bit selfish first so you can be your best version for everyone around you.
What products are you loving right now?
The Ordinary 100% plant derived squalane I’m loving for moisturiser and comes in a glass dropper bottle which I intend to reuse when I make tinctures.
Have well kept products changed your shaving ritual?
I feel like I more often shave in the bath now instead of the shower which is really nice! Of course, I do sometimes shave in the shower but it’s just nice to make a bit of a ritual out of it in a lovely bath with epsom salts and essential oils.
Advice for all the female creatives out there?
Perfectionism is a killer!! Just keep persevering if it’s what you want. Work on your craft as much as you can but don’t stress yourself out about it. Relax and unwind and practice self care when you need it!!
Body image / confidence / self care advice for women?
Eat good food and stay active, meditate, find a self care regime that makes you feel great and make sure you find the time to actually do it regularly!
What’s the next big move?
I’m going to an artist residency in a small village in the middle of Finland for a month after France where I am currently. I’m then going to Japan on my way back to Sydney where I have lived mostly for the last ten years.