My name's Sarah and I'm an artist and writer.
I live on the Isle of Skye with my partner and little boy. We moved here in the winter of 2017 from the Lancashire Pennines and currently reside in an old crofter's house filled with books, found treasures and furniture with a story to tell. We're surrounded by hills and look directly out onto a loch and the mountains. We're never short of options when it comes to doorstep adventures: beaches, castles, lighthouses, forests. A little further afield we can take the ferry to the Outer Hebrides. As newcomers who've only holidayed here before, there's much to explore.
I write about the seasons, nature and simple living. We live a quiet life where pleasure is found in the little details - those we notice when we slow down and savour what we already have: good times with friends and family, wholesome and tasty things to eat, gentle home comforts. To me, connecting with the outdoors each day is vital. That time spent somewhere green and wild, either alone or sometimes with others, is when I feel the most inspired and peaceful.
So, after years of working in various fields including arts administration, teaching and a brief dabble with floristry, I decided to finally take the plunge and use my creativity to work for myself. I started drawing again. I learned the techniques for making lino and mono prints. My personal blog started to bring me into contact with some lovely people and we collaborated on various projects. This in turn led to my starting an additional blog - Frond & Feather - about my work and the things that inspire me. I'm also Nature Editor for Creative Countryside magazine, where I write alongside some truly talented people, about the things I love.
If you'd like to work with me, or would like to discuss a potential project, please take a look below at what I can do and get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org
Artwork: illustration and logo design
I make detailed studies of plants, flowers and other natural objects using ink and watercolour. Although these are usually commissioned for personalised gifts, I also design bespoke and unique logos for blogs and events. If you're interested in my artwork for a project you have in mind, please contact me for a chat.
I primarily use three methods of printmaking: lino print, monotype and mono print. The former entails me using simplified versions of my sketches and carving the design into lino with special carving tools. The lino is then inked and prints are made onto paper.
Monotype prints are made by inking a surface and drawing onto the back of the paper. When the paper is pulled back, it reveals a simple and modern style of drawing. Mono print involves my collecting plants and pressing them before again using ink to create permanent images, sometimes multi-layered, of ephemeral items.
Again, if you're interested in my prints please get in touch or visit my online shop.
I run printmaking workshops here on Skye from various venues in the north west of the island. I cater for small groups and teach basic techniques such as monotype and making mono prints from botanicals, as well as simple bookbinding and stamp-making skills. Weather permitting, I like to include some outdoor time to explore what's growing and to collect plants for inspiration.
If you're a business owner who would like to discuss workshops for your guests, or if you'd like to attend a one-to-one session, please contact me.