Exhibitions this year include -
Spring Bounce - 8 - 29 May - Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans
Spring Back - 14 Apr - 5 May - Nude Tin Can Gallery, St Albans
I graduated from Farnham with a degree in Fashion/Textiles and subsequently trained as an educator in Art and Design. I divide my time between working in my studio and teaching which I find a perfect balance and I have experience of teaching adults including the U3A and children of all ages. As both a textile artist and painter, I have exhibited in solo and joint shows both nationally and abroad and I have demonstrated at events such as the Knitting and Stitching Show and the Festival of Quilts.
I explore the ephemeral qualities of the natural world and the contrast between natural and manmade environments. I create unique abstract paintings and mixed media textile art in response. My work records and expresses the seen and almost seen, the flicker and shift, the subtle rhythms of growth and decline at play all around us. I find myself drawn to both broad and more intimate themes and these connections are absorbed and woven together in what I create.
As a painter and a textile artist, I am inspired by light, pattern, texture and intense colour which are the primary features of my work and I love contrasts. I find interest in worn and torn surfaces and textures evocative of the passing of time such as graffiti, rusty old machinery and peeling paint. I take many photos as I’m constantly inspired by what I see! Please check out the inspiration and sketchbook pages on my website www.sarabutton.co.uk for visuals.
I create complex, layered pieces which invite closer inspection. Backgrounds are established by either layering washes or thicker applications of paint or painted layers of sheer fabric such as silk organza and cotton organdie depending in which discipline I am working. I often incorporate gold and silver leaf. Marks are made by directional painted strokes or by stitch to create rhythm and movement.
I aim to draw the viewer in to connect at a deeper, more intimate level with my work – it is only when this connection between intention and acknowledgement is made that I feel the creative process is complete.