As long as Sally can remember she has always loved colour. Her early years were spent in a modern house with floor to ceiling windows that brought the outside in – all the colours of the garden and lots of light. These same windows also provided colour interest at night when they were hidden behind vast curtains in varying 60’s designs.
Throughout her childhood and teenage years Sally was always making things – clothes peg dolls, gingerbread houses, salt dough biscuits, knitted scarves for her teddies, doll’s house furniture…and she hoarded anything that came in sets of different colours – jumbo packs of felt tips, squares of origami paper, even tubes of Smarties.
As an undergraduate Sally studied history of art and creative writing, studies that have had a lasting influence on her and underpin all of her creative work. However, it was not until she went back to college to study textiles that she was finally able to indulge her love of colour.
Although Sally studied weaving at art college, she first focused on printed textiles (particularly devore velvet). After having children she switched from printed to woven textile design partly because of the greater working flexibility it allows over printing.
Sally is fascinated by the multiple design possibilities offered by the interaction of texture, colour, pattern and weave construction. The development of new yarns such as wool/lycra blends and highly overspun yarns can be used in conjunction with traditional weaves to create textiles that are contemporary in their fusion of old and new. Her approach to her work is at times more that of a scientist than that of an artist. Sally is constantly experimenting with different yarns and weaves to see what new textures and effects can be obtained and embraces the occasional mistake that leads her in an unforeseen direction.
Sally lives for the moment when a newly woven fabric has gone through its finishing process and reveals itself for the first time.