Sarah Millin — Artist and Illustrator
My creative journey started at Chelsea College of Art, where I studied Textiles. This led to working as a Textile Designer in Kenya with women’s groups and street children. I worked in the ‘Jua Kali’ sector, a Kiswahil word for working under the fierce hot sun. Vibrant colour was applied freely and patterns were randomly placed across the fabrics and ‘nothing’ was wasted.
My next role was working as an artist in residence for an environmental charity, funded by Arts Council England. This involved playing with an exciting array of industrial waste for the purpose of developing an arts education programme and organising a national conference on creativity and re-use.
Colour, play, pattern-making, texture and shape continue to inspire my creative practice. Little is thrown away and I re-use household and industrial waste items, alongside natural objects for collage, printing, painting and experimental image making.
During Lockdown, I drew everyday and the visit to the local supermarket became the new art gallery. I scanned the food aisles for enticing colours, textures and typography to draw.
I exhibit my work in galleries, work to commission and also sell limited edition giclee prints. My artwork has been used for games, museum heritage illustrations, calendars, prints and fine art publishing.
Selected clients include: Liberty’s of London, National Trust, BBC, Forestry Commission, Hay Festival, Interface and M & S Archives.
I also teach art for all ages.www.sarahmillin.com (new website coming soon)