Artist: Sarah J Harper

A delicate woven piece.

BA Textile Design
Birmingham City University

Sarah is an artist.

Sarah creates 3D woven pieces that combine traditional craft techniques with contemporary yarns. Her working process begins with drawing and mark-making using words and emotions as inspiration for her pieces. Using recycled clothes, monofilament yarns and recycled plastic yarns, Sarah produces new materials from which she creates her work. Making stand-alone pieces and installations, her work aims to stimulate conversation and debate around different issues that affect many people. Sarah’s most recent work investigated the experience of loss, bereavement and grief, using her work to sensitively encourage discussion around this subject.

A delicate woven piece in progress.
A delicate woven piece.
A layered delicate woven form.
An abstract delicate woven form.

(Top row, left to right)

(Bottom row, left to right)
Battered Layer

In:Site 2022

Sarah is one of 20 artists who were selected to show their work at In:Site 2022. The event will took in spring 2022.
Find out more about the other artists.

Chartreuse is a shade of yellow, and for Sarah J Harper’s project, represented the positivity that the colour embodies. Fragments of the colour found their way into Sarah’s previous work about a period of grief resulting from the pandemic, offering a glimpse of optimism during a dark time. Sarah invited people to experience this joyful colour by contributing to an artwork made with yarn, fibres and circular weaving techniques.

a structure created with a variety of decorated embroidery hoops hangs on a railing
a close up of circular hoops decorated with colourful yarns and ribbons

Where Next?

Artist: Rebecca Leek

Artist showcase.

A close-up section of a larger piece, made up of overlaid abstract shapes in red, blue, and yellow. This is a mixed media piece, comprised of print, embroidery, stitchwork and painting.

Artist: Lucy Ralph

Artist showcase.

A visual and textual informational poster of a young woman wearing a white polo shirt and blue jeans, both of which have been fixed by visible repair through patchworks of red, blue and white fabric scraps. Overlaid onto this photo are the phrases ‘PATCH IT’, ‘Dads old jeans’ and ‘Old school polo’.

Artist: Lola Awolowo

Artist showcase.

A painted, and embroidered portrait of a blue-eyed Black woman, on a background of collaged book pages. Her face is circular and tilted and she has short black hair. Her necklace and earrings are beads embroidered onto the piece’s surface. Her outline has been stitched in yellow thread.

Artist: Katy Gillam-Hull

Artist showcase.

A hand holding a green glass bead between the thumb and forefinger in front of a blurred house and tree.


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