Sarah has worked as a fine art printmaker for over 25 years, and her ways of seeing and working have evolved over time. Initially a lot of her work was inspired by memories of journeys. Whilst this is still true, technology means that she no longer has to rely on her ageing memory but can gather source material on the iPad as she travels. This material is modified during the construction of her collage printing plates to create a piece which she hopes adds the ‘spirit of the moment’ as well as the physicality of the location.
Sarah calls her way of working ‘Drawing with Materials’ and starts with the loosest of sketches before selecting a range of collage materials to give the piece form and depth. She scores into the mountboard substrate to add more illustrative detail. Her Scottish studio space doubles as an ad hoc gallery/warehouse/hoarder’s heaven. Boxes of cardboard, lichen, porridge oats and fabric fill the cupboards along with gallons of glue and shellac – a printmaker’s paradise.