I create illustrations using my old Singer sewing machine, with the needle as my pencil and the fabric as my paint. I’ve been creating pieces since I inherited the sewing machine from my Nana as a teenager, and I’ve been selling my embroidered illustration since my mid-twenties, mainly via Etsy. I create one-off commissions, and I've also completed projects for International publications such as Libelle, Flow Magazine and New York Times. I’ve also been featured in a number of illustration books, such as Illustration Now! 5. In 2019, I designed the packaging for a limited edition coffee for Taylors of Harrogate.
I create each piece as a collage. Usually I start off by drawing sketches, but I have been known to get straight on the machine! Once I have the initial black thread 'outline', I will add bursts of colourful fabric, creating more layers until I feel the piece is complete. Inspiration comes from every day life, nature, art, people, fashion. I love the decorative style of Gustav Klimt, the jagged drawn figures of Egon Schiele, and the vibrant colours of Matisse.
I like the tactile nature of working with fabric and the imperfect nature of using an old machine to create pieces. I started experimenting with machine embroidery whilst studying for my Art foundation at college. I was quite experimental with my sewing at college, I would sew onto lots of different types of material – plastic, paper, card and fabric. Calico became my paper.
To see more of my work and to purchase prints visit my Etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/SewSarahWalton