Studio practice

Sarah is the creative projects coordinator for Young Mums Support Network where she leads the organisation's creative groups. Her creative group work has included three years establishing and leading a sewing and craft group with young mothers in Battersea, and a year running an embroidery group with a domestic abuse charity.   

Sarah's studio practice draws on her work with survivors of domestic abuse. In her most recent series of work reflecting on women's stories and how they have come to find solace and safety in simple creative activities such as embroidery, Sarah has used the image of a thread repeated through her work. 

An underlying theme running through women's experiences and their use of vital support services is the need for secrecy, anonymity and confidentiality. Feeling moved to convey how pervasive abuse is in our society, how normalised this secrecy has become, Sarah has tried to capture the common themes running through women's experiences in her work. 

Printmaking at its heart is a method of making what is know and seen by a few visible to many; turning private into public. It's therefore a natural medium for capturing hidden stories that need to be told and understood. Sarah has found natural links between the types of marks she makes - her use of positive and negative space, close-ups and blow-ups, repetitive and hidden imagery - and stories of isolation, fear, pain, uncertainty and loss. 

Thread: woodcut and linocut

 Thread: Woodcut

Past work: a selection

Memory lane: repurposed etching plate and chinecolle 

Scratch: etching and aquatint