Was absolutely'blown away' with Sarah's work when I saw it at the The Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair in the Autumn. It was lovely to be able to see some of it close up in her studio, as well as being able to see her working environment and talk to her about her designs.
However, the workshop wasn't about paper cutting. It dealt with making the various book types that can them be customised according to a theme by an individual. Sarah bases her books on a favourite inspirational film. Her cascade of individual words,machined, torn and then pulled out from a page on a thread, in multiples was amazing. Some of her unique works are able to be seen in the background , below.
Sarah was a good teacher. She is very enthusiastic about her subject matter, explains everything clearly and is EXTREMELY patient!!!! We all (five students, on this occasion) had great fun making popup, beak, pant s(!!!) and concertina books in the morning.
We then enjoyed a delicious home made lunch , produced by her lovely Mother, in their home, which is next door. In the afternoon we had the opportunity to learn how to make a traditional book with fabric covered board ends and stitched pages. Four o'clock came too soon and sadly I couldn't linger, as I had a long drive home.
Sarah runs workshops on request and is able to be contacted via details on her website wwwsarahmorpeth.com