Sam is an Australian artist living and working in London, England. She creates mixed media sculptures and drawings, usually incorporating stitch. Inspiration is found through looking and drawing and from the variety of materials she collects.
Each unique creature evolves through the tactile process of combining materials with contrasting textures and origins. A piece may start with drawings and imagination but as stitches are added the individual personality of each emerges.
“My visual environment is a vital part of my practice, I have a compulsion to collect, combine and stitch into materials as diverse as rusty bolts and sumptuous silks – especially when they have been discarded as ‘rubbish’.
The bold colour, shape and texture of banksia and gum blossom from my childhood home in Melbourne, Australia are apparent in many of my pieces. Diving introduced me to a more diverse, quirky beauty. And, although less exotic, my current home of urban London is full of natural and man-made inspiration, as well as bits and pieces to incorporate into my work.
Teaching and Mentoring
Sam is passionate about spreading her love of making, particularly to children and those who need to reconnect with their haptic sense (touch) and creativity.
Engaging with the many media and processes used in mixed media art and textiles feels both natural and grounding as such, spending time making and creating, especially in small groups, is beneficial to all, and especially to those who are experiencing emotional and behavioural difficulties. Sam’s Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Art Room Practice from Bath Spa University exposed her to methodologies which strengthen her ability to apply what had previously been a well-informed hunch. She continues to study this side of creative teaching and learning.
Sam never tires of encouraging and coaching creations from an idea to reality. The colours, ideas and bonkers enthusiasm of the people Sam works with constantly inform her work. To see more of Sam’s teaching and mentoring work visit www.Stitch.Club.