New Horizons, Old Stories with Sarah Maddison

Our speaker on Monday 16 May 2016 was Sarah Maddison, a textile artist living in Weyhill. She can trace her interest in sewing back through several generations of her family and many of us could easily identify with that.

As an army wife of 26 years, Sarah has spent a good many years travelling with her husband. This has included two tours of Brunei from where she has found a great deal of inspiration for her work.

She started sewing at school but found it frustrating as she wanted to make costumes rather than lampshades ... but fortunately did not lose interest and when she moved to Suffolk, she started sewing with others and enrolled on a City & Guilds embroidery course.
Jurassic Dream by Sarah Maddison

She is still a member of the group called Beyond Stitch and regularly exhibits work with them in Suffolk. The group set themselves challenges for their exhibitions. One time each member was given a white napkin to work with. Sarah was moved by the number of deaths of young soldiers in Afghanistan and turned her napkin into a memorial to the 35 soldiers aged 23, who had died during the conflict.

Embroidery featuring Stonehenge by Sarah Maddison
Her main inspiration comes from a love of ancient landscapes, hares, trees and the moon but whilst in the far east she took advantage of her surroundings to be inspired by the natural beauty around her.

Embroidery inspired by Borneo, by Sarah Maddison

She loves to work with acrylic paints, threads, expensive wool and anything from Oliver Twists! She  sometimes incorporates photographs and text into her delightful work.

Many thanks Sarah, for a fascinating talk, we all thoroughly enjoyed it and are looking forward to your next exhibition at The Sheepshed Gallery in November.