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Introducing Sarah Pooks - incredibly talented illustrator, Muma of fur baby 'Perro' and Super Aunty to gorgeous Airlie.
Her story is unique and beatiful;we truly thank Sarah for sharing her story with us
Super (Aunty) to...
Airlie Sky Hague
What has Airlie taught you in the last few months?
To keep on smiling and laughing and to live in the moment as she does. For anyone who has had the pleasure of knowing a child with Down Syndrome, will know they are the happiest of little people, and spending time with her just makes you happy, her happiness is so contagious! Even through such a heart breaking and sad time, she has taught myself and my entire family to keep smiling.
How do you keep a balance between work and helping out with Airlie?
This is a hard question to answer. Thinking over the last 5 and a bit months, my whole world has changed since the passing of my sister. On hearing the news that my sisters fight with Leukemia had taken a turn for the worst and we were told she would only have 5 week left with us, my partner and I immediately up rooted our life in Sydney to move back to Ocean Grove in Victoria to be with her, and the family.
After taking some time off work during this time, I also decided to quit my full time job as a Graphic Designer for one of Australia's leading street wear companies and focus on my art career full time and pursing my little business.
Working for myself has given me the freedom to work the hours I want too and around things that pop up. As much as I loved working for the company I was working for, I have more passion and excitement for my own work and pursuing it. Taking that leap of faith at this time was what I needed to do for myself and I think is very much apart of my healing process.
Late night sessions in the studio are not out of the question, if I have had a busy day helping out with Airlie. My weekends are often full of little adventures with her. It just makes Adam's life a little easier to help take the load off if needed, and between myself, my older sister and my mum we all have Adams back.
Airlie is such a pleasure to be around, over the last few months she really has been my sunshine. She is such a special little girl and we are all very lucky to live in such a close knit family.
With Airlie starting Kinder this year, it has helped with more of a routine.
Airlie comes first and if Adam is caught up at work and needs me to pick her up from Day Care/ Kinder, I'm there. My partner and I live so close to Adam and Airlie and her Kinder so its not a stress. I guess as any parent would do for their own child, your there at the drop of a hat if need be!
I feel its my job to be the best female figure that I can be for Airlie and I know my older sister feels the same.
I have an amazing partner, who would move mountains for me if I asked him too, and has when we moved back to Victoria.
If I have a tight deadline with my work then my partner steps up, he will even do housework to help me out, deliver work, post office drops and pick work up from my printer and framer! (yes ladies I do know how lucky I am to have him, he is a keeper!)
I think having a supportive partner and family are what helps keep the work/life balance balanced in this kind of situation. We all help each other out and at the end of the day the world keeps turning, even when devastating things happen, so you just have to keep on keeping on the best you can. Airlie loves a bit of studio time, she is actually quiet the little artist herself! My studio is the first room she runs to when she visits.
What is something you will tell Airlie on her 16th birthday?
I will probably tell her some secrets only I know and shared with her mum, and I'm sure she will already know, as we tell her every day, but ill tell her that her mum loved her more than anything in this word.
What is your day job?
I'm a full time Illustrator and freelance Graphic Designer. I have recently started my own business Little Quarters, which is a range of Limited Edition Prints and home wares.
Words you live by….
As cliche as it sounds...
- Do what you love and love what you do.
- Be vigilant with your health and well being, without it you have nothing.
- Be grateful of your blessings, and be kind to everyone.
I have only recently learned that life really is too short not to!
I also have this quote on my desk in my studio, I read it every day and has been my GO TO over the last few months to light that little creative fire within. "Seize this very minute; what you can do, or dream you can, begin it; Boldness has genius, power and magic in it"
Best advice you've been given over the years?
JUST DO IT! what ever it is that will get you excited to get out of bed each day, just do it!
Live for today, there is no point investing your energy in tomorrow. It has not happened yet! (I'm still working towards achieving this one).
What or who inspires you?
What inspires my work: travel and culture, fashion, interior design, art/photography/design in general.
What inspires me personally: People who run their own successful business, and my mum, who is the strongest women on the planet!
Top 3 beauty tips?
- Drink lots of water and then some, your body and skin will love you for it.
- Sleep, eat well, and smile.
- Invest in a good quality moisturiser and exfoliate.
Current trend you love?
Gold/ Silver and Copper foil embellishment, Pineapples, Skulls and Bohemian beauties.
What's in store for you for 2014?
The start of 2014 has gone off with a bang! I have literally hit the ground running (not complaining it's great fun)!
- I have recently released x8 NEW illustrations at Supergraph, Australia’s Contemporary Graphic Art Fair, which was held at Melbourne's Beautiful Royal Exhibition Building 14th - 16th of Feb. x4 of my old time favorites prints at A3 size are currently on sale for $60 via the Supergraph Shop: www.supergraph.com.au (limited time only)
- Working through the x5 commission pieces I have booked in for the first half of this year, one of which is a wall mural.
- I have submitted my WITH VIRTUE illustration into this years YEN magazine - Female Art Awards: http://www.yenmag.net/artaward/entry.php?n=172
- I will be doing a second range of home wares with The Club of Odd Volumes. Click the link to see my current range: www.theclubofoddvolumes.com/littlequarters
- A little feature of a couple of my illustrations in my favorite Interior magazine is in the mix. (beyond excited!)
- Working towards expanding my Little Quarters homewares range.
- Illustrating a delightful little book.
- Hopefully holding a booth in a couple of markets both here in Melbourne and possibly in Sydney (if I can make it happen).
- Working towards my first solo exhibition, towards the end of 2014.
- A couple of exciting collaborations in the mix.
- And hopefully take my Mum on a little holiday.
How do we find you?