“I set my alarm for 7.30am but I love to snooze and normally don’t get out of bed until about 8am. I have real problems with my alarm – I’m a really deep sleeper and can sleep through almost anything, I really need a fog horn to wake me up!
“As it’s Winter now I’m eating porridge (in the summer it’s Marmite on toast). I don’t go wild with the decorations, you won’t find me sprinkling nuts or bathing it in yogurt, I’ll normally add a drizzle of honey or if I’m feeling really adventurous I might stick a bit of jam in there, and of course a strong cup of coffee.
“Once I’ve had my coffee I normally reply to a few emails I them make my way to the studio, I’ll get there for about 9.30am. I have a work space at Hamilton House in the Drawn In Bristol studios.
“Normally I get into my creative flow once the Lauren Lavern show starts at 10am and between then and lunch I will be keeping my head down, either paper-cutting or drawing. I’ll then switch off the radio and either listen to an album or recently I have been listening to audio books and have been enjoying some Neil Gaiman stories. The work varies depending on the nature of the project that I’m working on. I have recently been illustrating for some children’s books so I have been doing lots of sketching. Once these are approved I will start making the artwork from paper, this is done best after lunch while listening to music and is the part of my work that I enjoy the most. I start picking paper, making colour decisions and watching the artwork come to life in 3D. On days when I don’t have a pressing deadline I’ll leave the studio about 6ish.
“For lunch at the moment it has either been a soup or dhal, but on Thursdays, Hamilton House provides a tenants lunch so we all take a trip upstairs and enjoy a healthy meal away from our desks, which is always delicious.
“I really love cooking, I start thinking about dinner not long after lunch and when I get home I really like to try out a new recipe I might have found earlier in the day. At the moment I’m trying to make sure I do a couple of runs a week as I have signed up for the Bath half Marathon. I find it quite an effort to get myself out and running, but once I’m doing it, I always enjoy it.
“We will eat at about 8pm and I will make my way to bed at about 11pm where I will try not to stare at my computer for any longer, pinning pictures of cushions, lovely homes and artwork. Instead, I will try and read some of my book before bedtime…”
Sarah Dennis lives and works as a full time artist and illustrator in Bristol. Her work combines traditional scherenschnitte (paper cutting) with collage. Sarah’s pieces exemplify the beauty of nature in fairy tales and whimsical childhood dreams, telling classic poems and folk tales through the medium of paper. Her Polar Bear Print and Deep Blue Print (both £29.95) are available to buy at Howkapow. Each piece is individually hand-cut using a craft knife to reveal exquisite, delicate detail within the illustration.