BetsyandChlö custom tees are one-of-a-kind, wearable, bits of art!

Exciting news – I’ve just launched a custom t-shirt line on Etsy! Go check it out and tell your friends! Below is the byline:

The Beginning:

2012: Nudged by boyfriend to look at Facebook friend who fabric paints hats
Halloween 2013: Day of the Dead themed costume, including hand-painted turtleneck inspires further fabric painting…
December 2013: Holiday tees for friends and family! Decides Etsy could be beneficial.
December 16, 2013: Opens up Etsy shop!
Sarah Samways is a mixed media artist/writer/investigator/experimentalist. Born and bred in Rhode Island, she is an SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago) alumni. Currently, she lives with Pink Nose and Babushka. She can be contacted at ssamways [!at] saic.edu.
BetsyandChlö is her custom designed tee line. Inspired by ugly christmas sweaters, refrigerator kid art, and all things sickeningly sweet, Sarah implements puffy fabric paint and cotton/blend t-shirts to create one-of-a-kind wearable bits of art.

Artistically speaking, I’ve recently developed and obligated myself to the Go Big or Go Home (Again!) Theory. I’ve been kicking around some ideas for work for some time now but have lacked the time, space, energy, and/or funds to create. This is nothing new but it’s not impossible and I’ve had opportunities in the past (then taken for granted), to, for simplicity’s sake, “get my shit together.” But I’ve always had to learn my lessons the hard way and as multiple-jobbed-year passes multiple-jobbed-year I feel I’m finally ready to stop being so submissive in my own life. Go Big or Go Home (Again!) is a demand for better art, noting my own art school failures (i.e. no money, depression/underaged alcohol abuse, familial situations, etc. culminating in my choice to take a leave from SAIC).

Now as any obnoxious, self-promoting, collegiate, professor will tell you, in order to make art you’ve got to look at art. As a student, I found myself intimidated by a never-ending list of modern artists that I didn’t feel had anything to do with my practice. Name dropping became a gross necessity. What I didn’t realize then is that you have to build a certain vocabulary/Rolodex of artists and their works and then, and only then, can you sift through the clutter and focus on what will inspire you to create your own work. While I still tend to focus on images versus names, (unless I feel they need cataloging for further review), I am keen on the works of Sebastian Errazuriz. His were images I had apparently seen long ago, but with only casual fascination, fell to the back burner. The other day I came across his latest work 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers and instantly needed to jot a name down. Combining fashion, design, shoe fetish, and personal narrative, 12 Shoes just felt genuine and solidified an idea for a series that I’ve been carrying around in my head. Shown are some digital sketches I made to get the creative juices flowing…

UPCOMING EVENTS: RISD Staff/Faculty Exhibition @ Woods-Gerry Gallery; AS220 Black Xmas Flea Market! Check back in the next few weeks for more details/updates!

Featured: Pin Productions’ Music and Art Festival vendor table, InfoWars, “This looks like Prada in Marfa, Texas…”, a birthday, kittens, St. Joseph’s Church of the Good Shepherd Holiday Bazaar vendor table, Chris Cornell at The Vets, cool Thanksgiving pictures taken by little kids (edited by SS).

…And a hammer under your pillow. This Halloween season equaled carving fruits and vegetables, cookies for friends, and a homemade Day of the Dead costume, (which unfortunately due to time constraints was sans skull face paint). :'(

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Yeah, I had fun…and I went a little too far whilst practicing technique on this little pumpkin. I wanted to see how I could cut into it, what the paint would look like dried on the skin, etc. Suffice it to say, the final product is something I can only deem a ‘Christmas Pumpkin’ (not pictured). I plan to get another pumpkin and get real serious now that I know what I’m doing with it.

 *A: “One time when I was on the bus I saw a sign that said, ‘Jesus thinks you’re to die for…’ B: “…And I thought, ‘Oh, that’s clever!’ But, what would you come up with for other organized religions…? Buddha can’t wait to see you again? Brigham Young wishes you and the Mrs. Mrs. Mrs. well…?”