Sarah Barker

About

 

I create my art by looking at my local environment and a riot of colour. I have an unhealthy obsession with the colour green and I definitely don’t conform to traditional art. I have no confidence in my drawing ability and therefore find other ways to create pictures.

I live in Wales in a valley that has a river running through it and the A5. I live on the dark side of this valley which sees me emerging outside in March in search of sunshine and colour.

 

‘2020: An Observation’ is a textile piece which was started in January 2020 in my village craft club as a year long project. The idea being to embroider my highlights of the month. I had clear ideas about what I wanted to do but by March the whole thing took a bit of a left turn. Each month records my reaction to the pandemic, and what was happening in my life. There is a mixture of embroidery, scraps of fabric, some of which represent the virus and its mutations, and quotes from the news.

 

‘This little piggy …’ is a representation of a pig but using letterpress type to outline the animal. The type is locked into a form and then hand inked. I like to layer the ink and splodge highlight colours using a variety of tools including a toothbrush for spatter. Once the piece is inked, paper is put over it and it is then hand pulled through a print press.  No two pieces are the same due to the inking process.

 

‘HIRAETH’ describes the valley where I live and my love for it. The words are Mountains, Longing, Valleys and the colours represent all that can be found there, from grass, gorse, heather; clouds, sky, rain; rivers, roads and rail. It was created using letterpress type. Wooden letters arranged in a form, then inked using hand rollers. I like to layer the ink with lots of colour and also splodge highlights of colour in places. Once the form is inked, paper is put over the piece and it is then hand pulled through an old print press. No two pieces are the same due to the inking process.

 

‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ is a piece of textile art predominantly using scraps of fabric. The piece came about due to an initiative by my local community to create something during lockdown 1. This is my house, the hills beyond and my garden. Each piece is cut from fabric and attached to the backing fabric by hand stitching. Mainly backstitch with a few others on the flowers and trees. The fabric used for the house was an old cotton pillow case and a piece of thick grey felt for the roof. The highlight of the piece was the discovery of a pile of Japanese fat quarters in colourful floral patterns which provided the garden input. Some beautiful vintage pieces gave the paving at the front of the house a lovely textured look.

 

2020: An Observation
Textile
30cm diameter
NFS

 

This Little Piggy…
Letterpress
34x25cm
£60

 

HIRAETH
Letterpress
70x42cm
NFS

 

Stay Home, Stay Safe
Textile
33x23cm
NFS

Artist

Sarah Barker

Category
Arts Open