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 elements of domestic craft, sewing and dress making. Using found textile items I sew together scraps or fragments as a starting point for prints, I then access subtleties of texture and tone in the fabric using soft ground etching and mono print processes to create a range of print surfaces and forms. Sometimes I go on to develop prints into three-dimensional objects or installations. My use of domestic textiles plays with references to cultural and historical traditions and associations of domestic craft and femininity. I often use pieces found in charity shops some of which have been beautifully hand crafted but have lost their place in contemporary domestic 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. Working with textiles like this links with domestic cultural traditions of the past where valued textile pieces were cut up and remade into new items, this is at odds to contemporary attitudes where clothes and textiles are 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 Education project, Installation, Printmaking, Sculpture, Textiles
Tags printmaking, textiles, feminity, art therapy, fabric, etching, mono print, instalation, sewing, dresses