Sarah Charmain graduated from the University of Cumbria, Carlisle in 2010 with a BA(Hons) in Contemporary Applied Arts. Since graduating Sarah has set up her studio, which is situated within the historical Rayrigg Hall Estate on the shores of Lake Windermere. Its here where Sarah creates beautiful vintage inspired knitted, embroidered, and hand woven textile accessories and jewellery.
The process of transforming a woollen yarn into a woven piece of fabric, or turning a single embroidery thread into a beautiful fashion article has always fascinated Sarah and seemed magical.
Through the years this magical process has developed and grown and she now draws her inspiration from fragments of nature and vintage objects such as lace, buttons, beads and fabric, items found and collected within the home and treasured gifts from the past generations of her family. She has a love of things that resemble a timeless nostalgic quality. Her current work is based upon natural containers and storage vessels and the stories that are contained within them. Natural charms such as roses, nests and shells which are portrayed throughout her work as the jewels and charms of nature.
With a timeless vintage feel, Sarah creates pieces through embroidery and woven textiles, often combining them and exploring both these areas so they complement one another. Sarah has a sensitive approach to the way she works and considers that every stitch and woven yarn adds to the final product. Within her woven textiles she mainly works with lambswool as it creates a luxurious soft fabric when felted. Sarah's woven pieces combine both traditional and innovative techniques.
Within her embroidery she produces items that express a delicate and fragile form but the appearance of a textile quality. This also reflects within her other textile pieces, such as her beautiful hand knitted nests and other forms. All of the yarns, wools and threads are gently knitted, woven or embroidered to create natural and organic forms that reflect the natural influence on her work.
Since graduating Sarah has now exhibited at Woolfest in Cockermouth, and as part of a group with YAC (Young artists of Cumbria) at the world famous Kurt Schwitters Merz Barn. In the final year of her degree Sarah was fortunate enough to gain sponsorship with Maderia Threads UK, as a result of that sponsorship she went on to be selected by Madeira as one of only four students in the UK to exhibit at Birmingham's NEC 'Fashion, Stitch & Embroidery show' in March 2011.
Latterly Sarah applied, and was lucky enough to be chosen by Living Crafts, being selected as one of only ten emerging designers in the UK to exhibit at Blenheim Palace, in addition Sarah's work was featured in the May/June issue Craft & Design Magazine.