Sarah B – Treadled Textiles.

I am an Artist, Designer and Maker whose focus is on producing beautiful things with low or no carbon emissions. My flat-pack mannequins are a long term and permanent project (the first figure having been conceived and cut by me with a scalpel many moons ago). Now, adjacent with the business of my flat-pack figures I use recycled and eco-fabrics to make clothing and items that are always presented on my FlatMannies whenever appropriate.

I have practised in art and design with a sensibility towards sustainability for years. A piece from my recycling work is archived in the Museum of Design in Plastics (MoDiP) in Poole, England and is a piece that formed part of a collection that won me the Best Newcomer Prize at the Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey in 2004. Since then one of my early embroidery designs has been used as a visual, on screen, in Season 2 of the BBC’s Great British Sewing Bee.

I often embellish cloth with my block printed or embroidery designs or with a combination of techniques. I have always had an affinity towards surface pattern ever since the days of graduating from Brighton with a Fashion-Textiles degree.

‘Maggie Bird’ designed in Autumn 2019 and block printed for zero-carbon shirts in January 2020. First shown at the Member’s Showcase exhibition at The Devon Guild of Craftsmen, March 2020.
My georgeous vintage machines (undergoing some modifications here)… supported by an even more vintage treadle-table.

Free treadle-stitched embroidered birds enhancing a framed block-printed ‘Maggie Bird’ design. Autumn 2020.
The sun shone briefly on this November day when two totes in gorgeously bright recycled cloth were finished. They mark a breakthrough in honing construction… so… all good.