Sara is a textile artist with a studio in Center Harbor, NH on Squam Lake. She has been working with Sanborn Mills to establish the natural dye studio at the farm since 2018 and will be its lead teacher.
Over 17 years ago Sara stopped using chemical dyes and dedicated herself to using only natural dyes in her work. She felt the times demanded a closer examination of process and an effort to do whatever she could to work sustainably in terms of her methods and materials.
Her work has been featured in major textile art publications and shown in national and international exhibitions such as Julie’s Artisans Gallery in New York, the Cambridge Artists’s Collective in Massachusetts, the Textile Society of America conference held at SCAD in Savannah, Georgia and Living with Craft at the Sunapee Craft Fair in New Hampshire. She is a juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen.
Sara has traveled throughout the world in the pursuit of textiles: to Guatemala, Mexico, Japan, Indonesia, Nepal, India, and China. This travel has eventually involved her in projects with local artisans; for example helping to get the Symplocos Project off the ground in Indonesia (go to plantmordant.org to learn more.)
A recent work, a 5 panel 10′ tapestry entitled “Squam Ridge Line” hangs in the offices of the Squam Lake Conservation Society in Holderness. This piece both illustrates the Uplands Initiative of the SLCS and also demonstrates the mordant properties of the Symplocos plant.
Sara served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Goodweave Foundation — an NGO dedicated to eliminating child slave labor in the handmade carpet industry in South Asia. After her board term ended in 2012, she was invited to design a collection of handwoven carpets, based on her original shibori designs, for Khawachen Inner Asia in Hanover, NH. Then in November of 2014 she attended the World Shibori Conference in Hangzhou, China where she delivered a paper entitled, “Weaving Hope: Goodweave Certified Shibori Designed Carpets”. Three or her pieces — two carpets and one handwoven, shibori lined coat — were in the exhibition held at the National Silk Museum in Hangzhou.
Sara enjoys teaching, initiating young and experienced makers to the deep satisfaction that comes with making something by hand. She has led workshops at the Arrowmont School of Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN; at the Maiwa School of Textiles in Vancouver, B.C. and at the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island in Washington State. For 6 years she has taught a beginning weaving class for the League of NH Craftsmen in Center Sandwich called, “Five Warps in Five Days.”
You can learn more about Sara on her website.