This past weekend I chatted with Sarah: the founder and creative mind behind Bless this Mess.
My business will officially start at the upcoming Portobello West market! Bless this Mess has been alive and well for some time, but I was waiting for the right opportunity.
What is the story behind the name Bless This Mess?
The name came from a drawing I did a few years back. It was a spilled bottle of malt liquor with the words “Bless this Mess” floating in the lost liquid. It stuck because I’ve always liked the idea of “the perfect mess” when referring to people and situations.
Your aesthetic is witty and fun. Where do you draw your inspiration from?
My inspiration comes from daily life. From being in love, getting frustrated, finding funny little nuggets of age-old sayings between waking up and going to sleep. Some are lessons I learn, some are things I think are important to remember, some are just silly, but they all make me happy when I do them. I love old packaging design from the 1950′s, especially cigar and potato chip tins. I also photograph artists and their work (mainly street/graffiti artists), so that has a lot to do with my visual direction as well.
I’m originally from Sydney, Australia and moved to Vancouver last April after four years of living/working in New York. I’ve been drawing forever, but this past year I’ve been at it a lot. I just got to the point of being ready, and the opportunity to take part in Portobello West helped launch things here.
What is one thing everyone should know about your company?
All I really want from Bless this Mess is to create things that will make people smile.
From your collection, what is your favourite item to give as a gift this holiday season?
My favorites are the ‘No Tears’ Apron & the ‘Happy Hour’ Tea Towel.
Why do you think we should shop local?
I think it is hugely important to support local artists, designers & artisans at events like Portobello West. These kinds of markets give a platform to those trying to get their work out there. It really does bridge the gap.
What are you most looking forward to this holiday season?
I love Christmas because it’s a big food holiday. However, I do miss my family in Australia – thankfully we have Skype!