Sarah Pearson Cooke produces hand dyed Shibori textiles and digitally printed fabrics for fashion & furnishings - with an ethical and sustainable approach
From an early age, I was always interested in pattern and texture and would gather various papers, materials and photographic evidence of my discoveries whilst on journeys. It was when I was first introduced to Textiles as a young teenager, that I become fascinated by the interaction of dye with cloth. Through intervention, one can disturb the dyes natural course to produce an array of striking patterns. This began my journey exploring the process of Shibori, which sensitively records the process applied to the cloth to reveal a unique pattern or texture upon the surface. I have recently employed digital printing within my work, forming an intriguing amalgamation of my photographs and pencil drawings.
I produce hand dyed textiles using the traditional Japanese method of Shibori, in combination with my own personal interpretations of resist dyeing. I then develop the textiles into one-off wearable fashion garments such as silk wraps and scarves as well as products for the interior such as cushions, silk screens/room dividers and ambient lighting for the home.
I studied at Bath Spa University for a BA (Hons) Creative Arts and completed an MA Design: Textiles in 2004. I am a member of the Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen and also teach Textiles at a secondary school in Ross-on-Wye.
The Guild at 51
51 Clarence Street
‘Made in Stroud’ in Stroud
16 Kendrick Street Town Centre, Stroud GL5 1AA
01453 840 265
COS 2013: Cheltenham Open Studios at Byron Road
Exhibiting with Matthew Tradgett, Jenny Bicat, Emily Kriste-Wilcox and Cath Bloomfield
Made London – with Studio Seven
26-28 October 2012
London NW1 4AQ
Made By Hand – with Studio Seven
30 November – 2 December 2012
Newport, NP10 8YW