Sarah is a textile designer maker producing hand-printed silks and hand-sewn garments using traditional means: drawing, resist printing, hand dyeing and hand stitching. She patterns cloth using the materials of Japanese katazome – paper stencils and a rice paste resist. She is interested in the distinctive characteristics of slow, labour-intensive, manual craft practice, and its potential to support a sustainable relationship with the things we own.
Sarah has been involved in various craft research projects, including doctoral research into the relationship between crafting and mental health. Recent projects include a practice-based research residency exploring the teaching potential of 400 Japanese stencils at the Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture; and residencies with Bow Arts (Raw Materials: Textiles) and Ventnor Botanic Garden. She currently supervises doctoral research at the Royal College of Art. Her QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholarship will enable her to study with katazome practitioners in Japan.