Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Scarableu Curiosity Shop

I am so enamored with today's featured shop!  Scarableu offers phenomenally unique and mesmerizing illustrations, which - to me - evoke a surreal and magical interpretation of everyday life.  Elizabeth Sullivan, the creative mind behind Scarableu, is a Montreal native and has this to say:

A boy caught on a breeze 8.5 in x 11 in 

CM:  Tell us a bit about yourself...
ES:  I was born and raised in Montreal, french is my first language but i am bilingual (english) as alot of Canadians also are.
I have always loved drawing and art. I started out on the walls of my house moved on to the notebooks of my teenage years and now i use proper canvas paper like a proper grown adult ;) ( okay to be honest, i still use old recycled computer paper very often)
I have a background in computer graphic design but i quit even thought the money was good because i prefer to use my creative time to draw all the weird magical things i see in everyday life rather than retouching sports pictures. (No offense to the sports picture retouchers intended).

A sunshine bug 5.5 in x 6 in

CM:  When did you start drawing? Did someone teach you?
ES:  I started pretty much by myself but i have to say picture books really inspired me, also the TV show Reading Rainbow when you would learn how to draw an underground martian world, man, i was blown away by that part of the show. My babysitters were also really talented and they would draw us ANYTHING we requested.

Summer splash mega magnets

CM:  What inspires your artwork?
ES:  I am really inspired by everyday people I cross on the subway on my way to work. I love unusual faces, weirdly proportioned bodies, uncool hairdoes. I also love nature shows, especially on bugs and plants, they are so crazy, their shapes and colors, unbelievable!

Solitary girl 8.5 in x 11 in

CM:  When do you find the time to work on your art? What's your workspace like?
ES:  I draw at work, although i am not supposed to...i draw on weekends, draw at night, just anytime i feel the need to...draw.

The sugarcube ballet 8.5 in x 11 in

CM:  What's the best thing about selling on Etsy? The most challenging?
ES:  I loooved the activity button!! i am obsessed with it, i love to see who likes my prints, it gives me an instant boost. I also spend a lot of time browsing other artists shop, i am totally inspired by other people's work.
one of the challenges is to keep my shop up there in the searches, promoting it is definitely something i am learning how to do...

Shhhh there there little frabbit print 8.5x11 in 

CM:  What's your favorite item in your shop right now?
ES:  I really like my frabbits print. The new :SHHH hush there little frabbit print for example ..but I have to say my heart belongs to Maude the odd girl with the dragonfly, I really am in love her.

Maude a strange girl and her bug 8.5 in x 11 in

CM:  Do you have a favorite shop or item on Etsy? If so, which one(s)? 
ES:  Too many to remember but I will say the ones I can think of right off the bat:
definitely Obsolete world 
and soo many awesome artists, pretty much everyone in my circles and favorites.

ACEO The mysterious frabbit

Thank you so much, Elizabeth!  Keep checking back for more featured shops from Etsy...

(All images in this post copyright Scarableu, Elizabeth Sullivan)


  1. great showcasing of her work! good job Christine!

  2. I have to fave this shop. Elizabeth's work is amazing! great job on the interview too!