Sara Sharp

Austin, TX


Artist Information for Sara Sharp

Sara Sharp combines her love of nature and art training, to create collaged art quilts. She paints, pieces, hand prints, and stitches commercial and hand dyed fabrics to make wall hangings depicting abstract designs, social concepts, and nature scenes. She uses machine and hand embroidery, thread painting, free motion quilting, and embellishments to create forms and subtle shading in her compositions. Her quilts have appeared on the cover and in the pages of Quilting Arts Magazine, as well as in Studio Art Quilt Associates Journal and Art Quilt Quarterly, and Machine Quilting Unlimited. Her work has been juried into many exhibits of the International Quilt Association, American Quilter’s Society, Studio Art Quilts Associates, the National Quilt Museum, the Texas Quilt Museum, and other venues and museums in North America, Europe, and Australia.

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After the Party is Over

After the Party is Over33"w x 25"h  

In our family, birthdays are a big deal. The design for this quilt came from a photo I took at my granddaughter’s birthday party. She and her friend were sitting on the sidewalk as the party was ending, with wonderfully pensive expressions, as if to say: What do fairy princesses do when the party is over? After enlarging the image, I cut out and collaged small print fabrics onto a base fabric to depict each part of the figures and background. A few touches of colored pencil completed this scene of “after the party’s over”.

Birding on Quiet Hill

Birding on Quiet Hill29"w x 32"h  

The Texas Hill Country where I live is filled with beautiful vistas over high green hills. While bird watching here, I photographed this lesser goldfinch and yellow warbler. Following some digital enhancement, they became the focus of this quilt. I continued the birding theme with my own prints of real feathers, and a silk screened image from a 100 year old birding book.

Winter Shadows

Winter Shadows44"w x 31"h  

During the winter months, when the trees are bare, and the colors outside show little contrast, the element that creates more interesting colors and shapes is light.  Outside my kitchen window, I noticed the patterns that were created throughout the day by the sun shining across and through the fences and lattice work in my yard.  I began to photograph the designs that played across the ground, the fences, and the bare trees.  Every hour, as the sunlight moved in its path, I noticed that a new pattern was revealed.  After a few days of observation, I decided to create a quilt based on the most interesting pattern formed by the sun.  The early morning light created my favorite design, which I have captured here to share with the viewer.  It was hard to depict the intricacies of this image, but I enjoyed the challenge of sharing what I had seen in this winter landscape.

Summer Solstice

Summer Solstice26"w x 34"h  

On the longest days of summer, children and adults are free to relax outdoors until well into the night. The favorite photo I have taken of our vacations at Cape Cod shows the children joyfully playing on a deck in the dunes overlooking the bay, while the setting sun bathes everything in a soft warm light and we hear a faint fog horn in the distance. Nearby, the adults watch and visit as they lounge on the porches of the weathered cottages. The frequently spectacular sunsets focus our attention on these precious times when we can share the beauty and majesty of nature with our friends and family.  We feel sad that the long day of leisure must draw to a close and we hope to be able to return and recapture this feeling again another year.


Nurture36"h x 47"w  

It is wonderful and satisfying to participate in nurturing children as they grow in their knowledge about life and the world around them.  This piece was inspired by my photo of my husband who was teaching our five year old grandson how to feed an orphaned calf. Spending family time together at our central Texas ranch has provided many such opportunities to share our appreciation of animals and nature, and has helped us grow closer to each other. While working and playing with our grandchildren, we are showing them how to value and care for others, including animals. My fabric collage focuses on this kind of loving interaction. I formed each section of this scene out of many pieces of small cotton prints. By adding thread painting, quilting, and extra batting, I created a richness of values, colors, textures, and dimension to my subjects.