I am a textile artist specialising in the combination of dyeing, knitting and lace structures with appliqué and machine embroidery.
Having obtained a City & Guilds in Creative Textiles at the end of the 1980s, I enjoy using a range of constructed textile techniques in my work – various forms of lacemaking, knitting and crochet, weaving, felting – in addition to machine embroidery. I dye many of my fabrics and yarns, but also have a large “stash” of yarns and fabrics collected over the years from the Birmingham Rag Market, exhibition visits, and remnants from dressmaking and household textile projects. Little gets discarded!
I have always made a proportion of my clothes and household textiles, and for the last twenty years I have embroidered cards and made textile jewellery for sale. I have recently expanded my textile projects in work for MTF exhibitions and in Annette Lucas’s creative textiles classes, where I have increased my knowledge of machine embroidery techniques. My jacket “Night City IV”, which I produced on the course achieved Highly Commended in the RBSA “Open” exhibition in December 2011.
For exhibition I tend to concentrate on machine embroidery, but incorporate other textile techniques, especially tatting and knitting/ crochet. I am a watercolour artist, and like to scan my paintings into the computer, manipulating the images before printing them on fabric for further embellishment.
My work is mostly representational rather than abstract, and is rarely flat – I often include wire and other unconventional “yarns”. I am influenced by landscape and architecture, and like the juxtaposition of the old with the new – the legacy of the past combined with our legacy to the future
Qualifications/education and awards
City & Guilds Creative Textiles Part 1 (1989) – Distinction
Highly commended in RBSA Open exhibition, December 2011
Cage, Sarah (2009) Tatting with wire. Ring of Tatters Newsletter no.58, Spring 2009, 33-34.
Cage, Sarah (2005) Naturally dyed ‘instant fairisle’ yarns. J. Weavers, Spinners & Dyers 213 March, 24-25.
Cage, Sarah (1993) Demonstrating natural dyeing. J. Weavers, Spinners & Dyers 165. March, 12.
Cage, Sarah (1990) Search for the origin of the first Knapdale tartan. J. Weavers, Spinners & Dyers 153, January, 14-16.
I have also produced a number of leaflets which I sell at exhibitions and craft fairs:
Dyeing with natural dyes; Space dyeing with fibre-reactive dyes; Indigo dyeing
Brick stitch/coloured slip stitch; Dreadlock hats; Multicoloured entrelac stitch (to get a woven effect); Scribble lace; Stitch proportions (for knitting in different directions)
I have shown work in Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open and Friends exhibitions; and in several Association of Guilds of Weavers Spinners and Dyers National Exhibitions; with Midlands Textile Forum; and Hall Green Art Society; and with Annette Lucas’s Creative Textiles group; at Artnamara (in Argyll); and on exhibition stands for the Knitting & Crochet Guild and the Weavers, Spinners and Dyers.
Commissions: Textile works and watercolours similar to those on my website would be considered
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