I am a designer and printmaker based in Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town. My home studio is a bright and airy room situated in Craigard Gallery, a Georgian property in the heart of the town. It is bursting with ephemera collected from vintage shops and treasures found on local walks. Many of these pieces have featured in my past and present work or are intended to be included in future prints. Prominent features of the space include my vacuum screen printing press, etching press and vintage book press. Usually an untidy hive of activity, my studio is often strewn with sketches, ideas and works in progress.
My work has undoubtedly been informed by my background in Graphic Design and Illustration. Armed with a desire to create work that is graphically as well as visually pleasing, I apply my designs across a variety of textile and book forms. I am inspired by patterns and typography found within my environment and found objects. Embracing the past, thrown away and pre-loved I seek to create something fresh and contemporary.
I have always been conscious of my carbon footprint as an artist, where possible using FSA approved papers and Soil Association Approved inks. Recently my increasing awareness of environmental ethics has led me to explore the possibilities of creating my own paper, printing inks, pigments and brushes using locally foraged resources.
Since lockdown I have been struggling to work as my focus and attention has shifted to homeschooling my four children. I have far too many half finished projects demanding my attention but little time to complete them. Thus the cancellation of exhibitions and events over the coming months has been in equal parts a relief and a frustration.
However, I am grateful for this opportunity to showcase my work, more of which can be viewed and purchased via my website. For the foreseeable future I would like to offer all my customers free shipping in my online shop for orders over £20. I am also donating 20% of sales to Dumfries and Galloway Food Train.
On Saturday 23rd May at 4pm, I will be hosting a behind the scenes tour of her studio in Wigtown. This live event will take place on Instagram Stories @sarahmakesprints and later shared on my Facebook (@SarahMakesPrint) and YouTube (Sarah Stewart Printmaker) channels. I will share my artistic journey, inspirations and give a little insight into my printmaking processes. Questions are welcome during the live event or can be forwarded in advance by email to firstname.lastname@example.org