Sara Bloem's comeback
Hi everyone! We hope you had a great week because August has just started and it can only mean one thing: for some unlucky people, school has started again, and for others, the summer holidays are nearly over, time to go back to the office and pretend to be working on that project when in fact you’re building stuff out of paper clips.
September is just around the corner, so if you’re still on holiday you’d better try to have some fun before you’re back listening to (and trying to understand) your maths teacher or your management’s expectations. Here at FML, to forget this painful thing that we like to call “the world where alarm clocks ring before noon”, we’ve decided to not only provide you with illustrations and comics, they’ve been lovingly created by artists that we’ve already featured, that you loved, that we love.
We start off today with Sara Bloem!
What are your currents projects?
Sara : Every summer, the video productions company where I work right now has its summer interns write, direct, produce, and shoot a dorky intern training video. Right now I'm doing the storyboarding, and later I'll be putting in some cool special effects in After Effects in post-production. It's sort of James Bond/Karate Kid-themed, so I also get to play the wise Asian mentor who whaps the star with a cane, speaks without l's, and drives poorly. I guess it's not racist because I'm Asian!
What inspires you?
Sara : I love Berlin-based Chiharu Shiota's thread-wrapped pieces, Rene Engström's comic-ing, and James Turrell's light installations. Yesterday I was illicitly absorbing the latest issue of Hi-Fructose in the Borders across the street from where I work, being a cheap person, and I really loved their feature on Beth Cavener Stichter, who sculpts beautiful and profoundly unsettling animals in stoneware (rather NSFW). Much of the aesthetic I'd like to emulate, actually, comes from fields outside of illustration. I like reading tech and design blogs like Gizmodo and Dezeen. I want to try to integrate that kind of modern concern with simplicity and pure form into illustration. In my very humble opinion, I think that the more one looks out of one's own particular field, the greater the freshness and originality one brings to the table.
What makes you laugh the most?
Sara : Probably just the silly things my friends and I talk about. And videos like this one.
Why did you choose this FML?
Sara : I thought it was a sweet and poignant, if horribly sad story! It sounded like a chick flick about to take off except it ended with still more disappointment and regret. I hope OP has had better luck with the ladies since - but if not, that's totally okay! You don't need a relationship to lead a fulfilling, purposeful, goal-driven life studded with Nobel Prizes and international accolades!
Do you have your own FML anecdote that you can share with us?
Sara : For several years before college, I went to these very staid and awkward church-sponsored dances every month as one of the youth dance coordinators. These dances were designed to bring together church-minded 15- and 16-year-olds from all over the county to chastely socialize. Speed-dating, line-dancing, and amateur moonwalk contests were extremely popular. I was required to attend these events; the thinking went that if the coordinators didn't show up, no one would. In retrospect, this was a cannily self-aware policy!
One month I invited a couple school friends to a dance hosted in a particularly rural part of the county. This dance was uniquely awful; for one thing, it was held in what was obviously a gym, and decorated with Christmas lights and tablecloths. Most of the ceiling lights were dimmed except for one side of the room where parent chaperones sat in a row under blindingly bright lights and watched everyone like hawks.
Around 11 the dance wound down and there were only a few people on the floor. This was when the DJ announced the last song of the night: the chicken dance! Apparently the chicken dance was extremely popular in this rural area, or maybe it was some kind of in-joke, but the whole party started up again. Everyone who was sitting got up and ran to the floor and started shaking their rear ends and making little duck mouths with their hands. Kids were running into the hallways to get their friends. Several people literally sprinted out of the bathroom when they heard the music, already flapping their arms en route. As I watched everyone having the times of their lives from the side of the room, slumped in a chair, pretty certain that my friends would never accept an invitation from me again, I thought - not for the last time - "I... need to get a different job."
Aaand a shorter one: Today, I was brushing my teeth when a spider dropped on a line of web out of my hair. FML. I actually think there might be similar ones to this already up on FML already, which makes me feel better because apparently I am not the only one with hair that spiders like to nest in; well, such is the hope!
It seems like to us you are the perfect protagonist to illustrate an FML. Many thanks Sara!
Sara’s website: http://risd.digication.com/sarabloem/Home/
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