‘Cooking with colour’ is a great image – it conveys Sarah’s enjoyment of dyeing fabrics - the expertise of achieving an exact colour match or the challenge of successful new colours and combinations. A life-long addiction to textiles provides a vast pool of inspiration, from worldwide traditional techniques and patterns to the most modern fabrics, fashions and interiors – and then there’s the rest of the visual world!
Sarah has been working with First Eleven Studio for 15 years contributing her innovative approach to textile design and construction. The appliqué velvet onto linen designs she created 10 years ago have been reproduced throughout the industry as jacquard weaves and as printed flock. Industrial machines and processes are always evolving and so the inspiration between the designer and the manufacturer works in both directions.
Concurrently with her work for First Eleven, Sarah takes on commissions for cushions, upholstery and curtains, working with interior designers throughout Europe. She finds the limitations of mass production and marketing maintain a demand for beautifully crafted, couture fabrics. She also works as designer/consultant for William Yeoward textiles.
After studying at Goldsmiths College, London, Sarah went on to an MA at Manchester University, pursuing a personal interest combining surface design with textured fabrics and embroidery to create unique designs and fabrics. Building on an 18-year career working at the high end of the fashion industry, along with exhibiting with the Crafts Council, UK, she progressed to designing fabrics for interiors. In 2010 she was made a Royal Designer for Industry, the award for excellence conferred by the RSA.