girlscantell


sara of girlscantell draws diagrams of everyday machines, then burns them onto silkscreens, and prints the designs onto useful things like oven mitts and notebooks.

Tell me about how you originally got into your craft, sara.
my background is in architecture, so from middle school through college, i took lots and lots of technical and mechanical drawing classes. i fell in love with diagrams as a way of providing information. when i started screenprinting a few years ago, i wanted to celebrate the everyday machines we love - bikes and cameras and things. and i knew really useful everyday items would make great canvasses for my drawings. so my line of girlscantell diagrammy homewares was born.

What is your favorite thing to do in the whole wide world?
oh my. aside from drawing and printing, i love riding my bike. my boyfriend built me an amazing custom bike last year and it's one of my most favorite things.
netflix is the greatest thing since cheese.
i enjoy walking tremendously. oh, and i like drinking and learning about craft beer - that industry fascinates me.
What is your biggest challenge when it comes to running your shop?
prioritizing! i want to do a little of everything with my time - i have a hard time saying no to opportunities or when people ask favors, when my shop would probably benefit from me being a little more selfish with my time.

What item in your shop would you most like to receive as a gift if someone were shopping for you?
oh gosh. i love it all. isn't that the joy of making your own product line? you get to make lovely, wonderful things you'd fall in love with if you found them out in the wild?

if i have to choose, i guess it's fair to say a few items with the bike on them. i don't keep much of my own work, but we do have a couple sets of cloth napkins, a set of placemats and a set of bike felt coasters on them.

When you were a kid, what did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
ha! i told my parents i would go to architecture school, but not actually be an architect. which made them kind of mad (understandably so, i guess, since architecture school was a little expensive). i kind of always knew i'd be an artist of some sort, i think.

What other shops or artists out there do you love?
oh, i'm going to forget someone!

i love
jcasa.etsy.com
strawberryluna.etsy.com
wondercabinet.etsy.com
kfarrell.etsy.com
industriouslily.etsy.com
flederhaus.etsy.com
melaniefavreau.etsy.com
zooguu.etsy.com

and so many more!

Where can we go offline to see your work?
i keep a little calendar of my upcoming shows on my blog so that's the best place to get the freshest information on where you can find girlscantell goods. also, there's a list of boutiques and other places you can shop for girlscantell goods in real life on my blog.

What does your future hold?
i have no idea, in a good way. if you told me three years ago that i'd really be making a go of working for myself making things full time, i would told you to get real. i daydreamed about this for a long, long time.

maybe doing something that involves more curating a bit (a shop? a gallery? i have no idea). i'm sure i'll be making things and probably working for myself. i've also been toying with the idea of writing a little book at some point.


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