The 'Creative Ladies' series features words from females creating wonderful things. To tie in with the recently released High Tide collection, we're talking to ladies who are inspired by the coastline. This time we're talking to artist Sarah Woods...
Hello! Introduce yourself and what you do.
Hello, my name is Sarah and I'm a painter and printmaker based in Cornwall, UK. I create work inspired by the landscape that surrounds my studio in Newlyn.
What is your background? How did you get to where you are now?
I moved to Cornwall five years ago to focus on making work, to learn a little more about art and to explore another land that was unknown to me. Dedication and passion are two of the reasons I'm here right now, and to do something I love. I guess that's how I got here too!
In what way do you find inspiration from the UK coastline?
The coast surrounding Cornwall is vast, barren, wild and beautiful. Wherever I am in the UK the water is always inspiring and calming and is a huge influence to my paintings and prints. As I walk, the movement of the tide reminds me to take my time. The wind dances across its surface from different directions and re-grounds a busy day or a hectic mind. The water changes quickly with the elements and creates wonderful colours of green, blue and grey.
Fave place in the UK and why?
I recently took a trip over to Alderney and was overwhelmed by the stillness of the Island, the wind was fierce and cold but the land had a feeling of emptiness I hadn’t experienced before. Houses were neglected and the coastline was harsh and disjointed. Each corner revealed something peculiar and beautiful.
My favourite thing is to discover new places, but the one I return to most regularly has to be the coast along from Zennor. We take the van across open expanses of land, down to the furthest point and walk the rest of the way to where the cliffs fall into the sea.
What is the most important thing you have learnt in your creative journey so far?
The most important thing I’ve learnt so far is that experimenting, learning and immersing myself in the studio are essential for new ideas to grow. The past six months have been an exciting journey, and with a new studio and self-employment comes a transition, a lot is unknown and it can take courage and commitment.
Who do you find inspiring?
The people around me are inspiring me every day. It makes me perpetually happy to see friends on their own journeys, having a passion for doing what they love. Making, creating, designing, drawing, printing or painting, all creatives inspire me to keep going and doing what I love, too.
Whats the best piece of advice you would give to other creative ladies?
If an idea needs nurturing, give it the time it needs to become something great. Speak to others and come together, work together and create a positive environment that works for you.
And finally, any big creative plans for 2018?
There are some exiting things on their way… This will be my first year taking part in Open Studios at Trewarveneth, with events, talks and hopefully some workshops too. We’ll see what else comes along!