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Stuff I’ve been up to.

Recently my blog has been more of a memoir of life lessons, and my new found perspective via an unfortunate and debilitating health thing going on with me that I can’t seem to shake. Which means i’ve barely posted what I’ve been working on. So here’s  a bunch of stuff I’ve been up to:

House parties, many hospital visits – so many needles, needles, needles & pipes up my nose until they hit my throat & contrast dyes that make me sick. BOOK-LAUNCH with ABi Goodman & I’s awesome RE-Place project in, a workshop working with the community of Parsons X making cool-ass badges! Live drawing the International Healthcare Expo for NHS commissioning board – it was such a  good 2 days full of meeting amazing people! Fairground nights! Being surrounded by great friends! Working at a london school creating a huge mural with the kids based on their Science Week , which doubles up as an animation and interactive board with the iPad! Practicing my typography skills.

Stuff I’m working on right now: CAKE newsletter; BA Hons Creative Art Practice degree show website; awards for DocFest again! YAY; MA Fine Art website; bike riding; movie days coming up; TEDXSheffield collaboration; Live drawing the opening event of a new research institute at Sheffield Uni in May; sorting out my work visa for USA again; getting myself back to 100% health – somehow -someway! And some more.

Trying to be better, work harder, not waste time.

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Book Launch!

I’m very pleased to say that my partner-in-crime (collaborator!) Abi Goodman & I’s SUBVERTIZE project ( – website needs to be updated hehe) work is featured in the amazing Ania Bas book which is created from a whole year’s awesome residency in Parsons Cross, Sheffield.

It’s a fantastic book – which you can get for FREE – on Saturday 2nd March at the Learning Center, PX, Sheffield. And not only that but Abi & I will be continuing Subvertise, with a different edge – making badges! Whilst our other artist friends offer some great events/projects/things too!

It promises to be an awesome day, so if you’re Sheffield based – DEFO NOT SOMETHING TO MISS. Come and celebrate a fantastic residency project that celebrates the people of Parsons Cross! 🙂 Making a difference.


So, Smizz.. What’s poppin’? What’s new?

Things are getting exciting again! My constant reminder to myself NOT to waste time, or to really push against the ordinary, has helped me to forged some cool things out that I’ve been working on since Oct/November and will continue to work on way into the new year.

Firstly. I am working on material to launch a Monthly (to be fortnightly, but getting myself together before I promise you that!) Art/illustration/design/cool-ness newsletter! You can sign up to it here: in the meantime. I hope to have everything in place and launched by December the 1st! I loves nice people who make cool/great things and I love to share all the cool, geeky, passionate, art-y things that I find with YOU!


Secondly. I just got a year contract at Capgemini in London. It’s a dream come true. I’m so humbled to have the opportunity to work on some great projects in the near future in London as a ‘knowledge worker’, live-illustrating, and collaborating with designers, thinkers, writers, businesses and lots of other cool people. More on that soon, when everything has been sorted out. But wow.


Thirdly. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving! It will deserve it’s own post. And rightly so. This year, with mystery illnesses and art and friendship and travel has been a big one! Needless to say, I’m extremely thankful that I am still here. Alive. And I’ve never felt more loved and supported by friends and family, and grateful to be! Tomorrow I’m hosting the second (due to demand) real traditional-American Thanksgiving at my house in the Donx. I hope it goes as well as last years did!


Fourthly. A very exciting collaboration with the very awesome artist and friend Paul Harrison is launching soon. F/O/R/C/E (Free. Online. Radically. Collected. Education.) We will be bringing 10 minute talks from artists/thinkers/activisits/do-ers  that are  strong in heart, generous in spirit, Daring and unafraid in content! Our website will be ready in a few weeks. But for now, bookmark it baby!


Fifthly. GRAVITY the lecture series and research platform that I work on has launched it’s online persona. Follow us on Twitter at @gravitysheff. We will soon be live streaming the lecture series, so even if you miss it or can’t make it into Sheffield – You will still be able to watch it online later on, and engage in the conversation on Twitter with our hashtagg #atmospherecloud. If you do attend one of the lectures, please join in with your thoughts/questions/suggestions/ideas/ect by #atmospherecloud it! More information at: 


Sixthly. Trying my ultimate best to make myself feel better, and be back to 100% health. I still feel crazy tired. Still having horrible nightsweats. Bone ache hurts more than ever. ect.  I feel like I’ve tried EVERYTHING. From environmental, diet, resting, excercising, healers, spiritual, sun, rain, cold, heat, multivitamins, more water, ect ect. Any suggestions would be amazing. Thanks internet!


Seventhly. I’ve been teaching at University. This is also another dream come true. I’m still learning what works, what doesn’t. What can I offer, how can I make the students experience the ultimate best.


And there’s some more stuff. But I think that’s enough for now.

Link to the LIVE stream of Smizz Live Drawing the US Presidential Debate tomorrow! <<< ——-


I HOPE YOU WILL JOIN ME tomorrow LIVE draw the debate as the debate unfolds! I will be LIVE from 1:50AM GMT (technically the 23rd for me!) and 9:00PM EST (22nd). Wish me good luck guys! Hope it’s as funny as last weeks! #BINDERSFULLOFWOMEN

Guys! I’m going to Live Draw the next USA Presidential Debate!

Yep. I watched Joe Bidden tear it up this week on the VP Debates. And I thought, there are moments that would be amazing if it was live-drawn. So funny and so visual!

So here I am, I am going to LIVE DRAW THE LAST US PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. yikes! On top of this. I am ging to LIVE STREAM me doing it LIVE as the debate HAPPENS. Oh yeah. Yikes again! I can’t decide whether this will be a performance in itself.

It’s going to be challenging as I’ve never live-drawn a debate before. In fact I’ve never drawn people talk bullshit or be aggressive like The Republican party tends to be. So this is something that I’m going to have to think about how to represent without any of my personal political bias. I usually  draw talks of people talking about ideas, and amazing things that have happened ,or that they created and the problems and solutions to that adventure. So the debate drawing will be interesting to say the least!

I hope you will join me for this crazy task! And spread the word! Live streaming link and more information COMING SOON 😀

Thanks for reading yo!

Some Doc/Fest 2012 awards I’ve drawn

I’ve been quiet on here for about a month. Which has actually been a really good thing! As i’ve been busy, busy, busy!

Here’s some drawings I’ve done for Doc/Fest this year. I will be Live-Illustrative-Mapping the Summit and some talks at the Festival on Weds and Thursday. And also TEDxSheffield through an app called Mixel. It’s gonna be something different & hopefully exciting!  I’m super excited and really incredibly nervous for both TEDx & Doc/Fest.  What incredible opportunities to have?! I can’t thank them enough for it because it really is something i look forward to each year. If you’re heading to either or both of these events, make sure you give Sarah Smizz a holla. I need to shake off my ridiculously awkward shy-ness with meeting important and awesome people. And i need to get better at the networking but most importantly i just genuinely love meeting amazing and inspirational and motivated people! Which is you if you’re going there!

I hope to post some stuff this weekend as a taster of  what to expect from the TEDx stuff! Maybe.


Instructions for Life by The Dalai Lama

  1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
  2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
  3. Follow the three R’s:
    –  Respect for self,
    –  Respect for others and
    –  Responsibility for all your actions.
  4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
  5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
  6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.
  7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
  8. Spend some time alone every day.
  9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.
  10. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  11. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and
    think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.
  12. A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.
  13. In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.
  14. Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.
  15. Be gentle with the earth.
  16. Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.
  17. Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.
  18. Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.
  19. If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.
  20. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

RePlace ReAdvertise Project

The awesome Abi Goodman and I have been collaborating on a project since the Site Gallery Residency in February. I’ve just archived about half of what we’ve done. We’re doing a talk soon in May.

We have been invited by the amazing Ania Bas !!! , who is also currently the Artist Resident at Parsons X,  to present RePlace at the  PX Story Spring: Location event at Knutton Road Studios, Sheffield. The event will take place on 19th May 2012.

Check out our blog to get the low down on our research. Loads more coming soon!