I first met Sarah in 2014 during one of the first Public Garden markets. Her gothic glamour and alternative style drew my attention, as well as her intricately gorgeous illustrations that were reminiscent of gothic Victorian art, with a modern twist. After talking to her about art and life in general (she’s really friendly, guys!), I knew this young illustrator was going to go places. Born and raised in Singapore, Sarah aims to showcase her creative side and be part of the growing local art scene. A Visual Communications graduate, she started her business from nothing. “If now’s not the time, it never will be.” Ain’t that the truth, ladies? Read on to find out more about this cool and quirky artist-turned-entrepreneur!
Describe yourself in 3 words.
I love black.
What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
I look kind of dark but I’m very extroverted and love meeting people!
You founded Sarah Thursday Illustrations in 2013. How has the journey been so far, both as an artist and an entrepreneur?
Nothing short of amazing. The journey gets better and better both as an artist and entrepreneur. The support given to me is exponentially growing each year and I cannot be more thankful for everyone’s love towards my work and I.
What has been the funniest/weirdest/most memorable moment during this journey?
One time 3 of my friends pranked me and dressed up the same; in the “Obsession” tee and black jeans; to meet me. I died.
You recently held your first solo exhibition at Cat Cafe 猫の庭. How was that like?
Definitely the greatest weekend and moment of my career as an illustrator and cat lover. It was combining both of my dreams together, shared with hundreds of people who purely appreciated my works from their hearts. I could not be happier and more touched to meet and talk to everyone, sharing my inspiration and experiences with them alongside my favourite kitties at Neko no Niwa. I was really filled with unspeakable joy. The support shown was tremendous.
Do you have anything new and exciting lined up?
Yes! My new project “Seiza” which will be about the twelve signs of the Zodiac. It’s going to be my most hectic 12-illustration project since starting Sarah Thursday. Wish me luck!
Where do you see yourself and Sarah Thursday Illustrations in 5 years‘ time?
I hope to own my personal studio one day, alongside other independent creatives. I also hope to travel more for work, like setting up booths at conventions overseas or to consign at amazing international shops.
As a Zahara Warrior, what advice would you give someone hoping to sell her art, like you have?
Stay extremely focused, know exactly what you want to put out there and how you want to be seen. Stay true to yourself and your branding. Don’t follow others and create your own image. Always keep a positive mindset while working hard to achieve your dreams!
Speaking of advice, what’s the best advice you’ve been given?
I’ve been given advice here and there by many people, so I can’t think of the best one. Very grateful for everyone’s help along the way.
Who are your favourite artists/designers?
Honestly I don’t have favourites (or I can’t think of any) because I don’t keep track. Sorry!
Describe your style sense.
Black, alternative and androgynous.
Who are your style icons?
Again, I don’t really keep track but I adore anyone who can pull off good alternative fashion. I follow a lot of Japanese and Korean people on Instagram who do great street fashion. I love brands like Disturbia, Current Mood, Demonia and Killstar.
Complete this sentence: To me, beauty is _______.
Go follow Sarah on Instagram and Facebook if you haven’t! If you want to own a piece of her merch, head over to her website. All the best for your current “Seiza” project, Sarah! We’re all looking forward to it!
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