I remember when I was a child, I saw magic everywhere. When mushrooms would bloom overnight in the shade of the trees, I imagined that a fairy or elf had deposited them to enchant me. I think, as we get older and more mature, we forget about the magic around us… we learn more about science and practical things, so the magic begins to elude us.
Saoirse, yes – her name is just as magical as her illustrations, manages to capture that whimsical magic that we all believed in as children. When I first saw an illustration that Saoirse had posed on Instagram, I was enchanted. I had the opportunity to ask a few questions, so I thought I’d share a little bit of her inspiration here and a few of her beautiful illustrations.
What inspires you, Saoirse?
I am inspired by magic and nature. I remember growing up feeling so peaceful and a sense of awe in the woods, imagining my own worlds. In my artwork, I try to recreate that feeling of whimsy and peace from my childhood.
How did you get into illustration?
As I grew up I was utterly transfixed by animation, characters and books – I was always collecting interesting books and getting lost in the illustrations. I would copy pictures from the books and animations, as I got older I developed my own style and realised how badly I wanted to put my own illustrated world down onto paper.
Tell me a fun fact about you and your art!
In school I used to hide drawing paper inside a revision book so it looked like I was being studious when really I was doodling.
You can visit Saoirse on Instagram or at her Etsy shop!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about Saoirse. Tell me in the comment: Do Saoirse’s illustrations take you back to childhood too???
A few years ago, I saw this dress…. Unfortunately, my size was nowhere to be found. A few weeks later, I saw the dress again on the sale rack. Despite the dress being several sizes too large, I gleefully took it home. I cinch the volume of the dress down to my size with a wide belt, and it gives a little extra swing in the dress. It’s a long time favorite, especially during the hot months when I want to be comfortable, cool, and put together.
I’m standing at the top of this beautiful mountain – Perkins Memorial. Perkins Memorial is a beautiful drive or hike in the middle of Bear Mountain and it has some fantastic views of Hudson Valley. I visited on a cloudy day, but it was still absolutely breathtaking to see the entire valley in bloom and green. The tower is open seasonally, and the view is even more stunning from the top.
Thank you so much for visiting! Tell me in the comments if you’ve visited this part of Hudson Valley before, and what your favorites are!