SketchyKraft

Sarah René Kraft Art & Illustration

Sacramento, California

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Note from shop owner Hello. In the past 6 months, since the start of the stay-at-home orders, I have had great difficulty navigating and balancing the shifts in my personal life and chronic illness. With consideration to my recent health issues and life changes, I feel it is best I take the time to pause and re-evaluate my processes and relationship to my work. I will also be using this time to catch up on long overdue orders that have been neglected due to my struggles with my health. Thank you all for your continued support and gracious understanding. <3

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Sep 12, 2020

Hello. In the past 6 months, since the start of the stay-at-home orders, I have had great difficulty navigating and balancing the shifts in my personal life and chronic illness. With consideration to my recent health issues and life changes, I feel it is best I take the time to pause and re-evaluate my processes and relationship to my work. I will also be using this time to catch up on long overdue orders that have been neglected due to my struggles with my health. Thank you all for your continued support and gracious understanding. <3

Sarah René Kraft

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About SketchyKraft

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On Etsy since 2013

One pencil; two colors...

Sarah René Kraft is a fantasy-surrealist illustrator from Sacramento, CA, where she spends much of her time drinking tea, giving unsolicited mythology lessons, and talking at cats.

The masks, birds, keys, arrows, tree roots, flowers, white gowns, and layered mythological references in her work harken back to a lonely childhood spent absorbed in fairytales, reading mythology, avoiding the sounds of adults, and exploring antiques in the empty rooms of large houses. There she nurtured a hobby in banditry, borrowing keys to locked bookcases before stealing away with any found books of art or poetry.

As the years passed, Sarah's childhood awkwardness grew into a fully realized case of acute anxiety. Rambling without saying hardly anything at all, she found it harder and harder to remain present and mindful, her thoughts taking flight and ever soaring toward darker horizons paved with darker possibilities. Those were dark days indeed.

Years later, it was through art that Sarah finally found a voice. Sketching became a meditative therapy in which a vocabulary of symbols emerged, repeating themselves and begging for acknowledgment. Masks, ribbons, birds, arrows, flowers, trees, a girl, a satyr, a lock, a key… A story emerged. It was from this collection of visual metaphors that the “Lemiscus” project was born: the story of a red ribbon and its ability to both restrict and make ties.

In Chinese folklore, it was believed that fate was a red string that connected and ran through everything. Though Sarah does not identify as a champion for the idea of pre-destiny, she does believe that choices made today bind and limit the choices available tomorrow. Lemniscus (Latin for "a ribbon") explores these false limitations, the ties that bind, and the restrictions we place on ourselves--fragile things which are easily broken or cut, if only they weren't so lovely and integral.

Drawn using only red and blue double-ended pencil, these "ribbon pieces" exist as a visual vocabulary, a wordless story of loss, isolation, and triumph on the path to recovery and personal betterment.

Following a high-functioning bipolar diagnosis, blending the red and the blue was a very purposeful way for Sarah to discover balance within the self. It was clumsy at first, switching between the colors with careful intention. But over time, Sarah became so adept at drawing with both sides of the pencil she no longer notices herself flipping the pencil in her hand. "Both the red and blue are a part of me, ever present in the fabric of my work."

Now through projects like ''Lemniscus: The Ribbon Book'' and ''Lemniscus: The Ribbon Tarot," Sarah aims to create a sense of connection in a world too often unnerved by openness and feeling. Here, she invites you to peek beneath the masks of her stark, marble-like figures to a world filled with whimsy and heartbreak, with growth and deep reflection, where intimacy and isolation often occupy the same space and where both bonds and stigmas are painted as illusory and as fragile as ribbon.

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  • Sarah René Kraft

    Owner, Artist, Illustrator

    Freelance illustrator, comic colorist, writer, mythology buff, cat enthusiast, tarot friend, and lover of tea. In love with flowers. Afraid of the dark. Creator of The #LemniscusBook and #LemniscusTarot. (IG: sketchykraft)

Shop policies

Last updated on January 25, 2018
Welcome to SketchyKraft, the shop for all things by Sarah René Kraft!

Here you will find the prints, goodies, and original art by Sarah René Kraft that is available for purchase!

Accepted payment methods

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I don't accept returns, exchanges, or cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
All sales from SketchyKraft are final. SketchyKraft is not responsible for goods damaged in transit or through personal use.

Please let me know what troubles you have with your order and I will see what I can do to work with you.
Payment
If after purchasing your product payment is not finalized within 7 days, a cancellation of your order will occur.
Shipping
All items are packed with love and shipped via USPS for all of my domestic and international orders. A tracking number will be provided.

All items are shipped by the next 1-3 business days, except in the case of custom orders, which will be filled within the specified time allotted through private arrangement with this shop.

Please note: International buyers are responsible for paying duties, customs and taxes in addition to the shipment fee.

If you need your shipment expedited, please contact me for pricing prior to purchase.
Additional policies and FAQs
All artwork created or prints used within art pieces are copyrighted © 2013 by Sarah René Kraft / Sarah René Straub. ALL Copyright remains with the artist even after the item is purchased. Items sold are for PERSONAL USE ONLY and are not to be copied or used with foul intent.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me!