Illustration aside, Sarah also loves making her own jewellery. ‘I like anything patterned or handmade,’ she says.
Crafty-ness aside, Sarah also loves M&Ms, and hates peas.
I’m a recent Illustration BA graduate form the University of Lincoln, currently living in Suffolk.
I’ve always loved to draw and Art was my favourite school subject. I have completed both a National Diploma Art and Design course at Suffolk College and earlier this year I graduated from the University of Lincoln with an Illustration BA Honours Degree.
During my second year of university I experimented with producing hand-stitched, textile illustrations and found that it was something I really enjoyed it. However, they took a while to create and made meeting project deadlines difficult so I decided to try a different method and scanned in the fabrics instead, drawing on the stitching to make the images appear as though they had been handmade. I really enjoy working in this way and hope to continue to develop it.
What are your inspirations?
It can come from anywhere like a greetings card design, pattern, a piece of jewelry or an image from a book. When I’m in Waterstones I like to flip through the Illustration and Art books for inspiration and take note of anything I find interesting. Anything stitched or handmade immediately grabs my attention.
I’m pretty pleased with my Fables Children’s book spreads from my degree show. They were a fun challenge as I’d never done a full double page spread before and I had to re-phrase some of the original stories to make them more suitable for a young audience. Some were a bit dark and sad in places.
I also really like the way my portrait pictures turned out. I really enjoyed doing them and it’s an idea I’d like to continue with.
There are a few. I really like Laura McCafferty’s works with her mix of textiles and print. I also love that she creates bespoke pieces for customers by using things that they send in, making it very personal and special for them.
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