Artist Information for Sara Sharp
A lifelong love of nature, design and fabric, have led me to a career creating collaged wall hangings known as art quilts. Many years as a painter increased my intuition for design and composition as well as skills in the use of color and texture. The materials I use are commercial and repurposed fabrics as well as custom fabrics I dye, paint, and print. I draw attention to the focal point of a composition by using the technique of thread painting. To paint with thread, many layers and colors of thread are machine stitched to suggest the form and shading of objects. Other free motion machine embroidery, surface embellishments, and quilting add the finishing touches of pattern and dimension to my quilts.
Bird watching and wildlife photography supply the inspiration for many of my quilt designs. Other quilts actually spring into my dreams or imagination as a new combination of favorite images and subjects. Through the medium of textiles, I hope to reveal to viewers the beautiful and often overlooked details of the world around us.Images scroll down to view all
Turning Bottles Into Stained Glass31w x 46l
This scene is based on the artist still life photo. It is fused and machine pieced using cotton batiks and silk and satin fabrics. Some objects and reflections are painted with acrylic paints, and then heavily thread painted and all is free motion quilted.
Milkweed and Hummingbirds49w x 33l
. This scene is based on the artist photos. Commercial cotton prints and batiks were used for leaves and background. Birds and flowers were photo printed, and then thread painted. After free motion embroidery and quilting, textile inks were used to create shadows.
Can We Save the Whooping Cranes40w x 56l
This quilt uses artist dyed and commercial batiks and printed cotton applique for the background. The birds are printed from the artist photos and then thread painted and appliqued in place. The quilt is free motion quilted with solid and variegated threads.
My Backyard Friends39w x 34l
Quilt is based on artist photos, using cotton fabrics. Background is resist painted with free motion quilting. Feathers are discharge printed, birds are painted and thread painted. Trees have accent embroidery with solid and variegated threads and 3 dimensional leaves.
Fawn Surprise25w x 14l
This quilt is based on the artist photo. The fawn is inkjet printed from the artist original pastel drawing. The fabrics are commercial batiks. Heavy thread painting accents the fawn and the three dimensional leaves. Free motion quilting surrounds the scene.