Photo: Sarah Wilson in Norwich, East

Sarah Wilson

Artist, Maker, Gallery educator, Art therapist

I incorporate textiles in printmaking processes, reworking and processing found textiles into new print pieces which explore our intimate relationship with fabric and cloth. Sewing together scraps of found textile as a starting point I access subtleties of texture and tone in the fabric using soft ground etching and mono print processes. Sometimes I go on to develop prints into three-dimensional objects or installations. The textiles I use are often beautifully hand crafted but have lost their place in contemporary life. These pieces form a collection which is a source of material and inspiration for my work, I re-use them with respect and through their destruction aim to bring them into the contemporary world in a new way. My practice draws on historical cultural traditions where valued textile pieces were cut up and remade into new items and is at odds with contemporary attitudes where clothes and textiles are often seen as disposable. I have developed a series of images of imagined dresses and gowns which explore themes of dressing up, display and adornment. I draw inspiration from historical fashion plates but my intention is to explore the fantasies and desires which dresses can represent. read full statement

Location Norwich, East
Activities Practice-based research, Workshops, Art therapy, Arts in health, Community arts
Artforms / type of project Education project, Installation, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles
Tags printmaking, textiles, art therapy, etching, mono print, instalation, sewing, dresses