Meet Sarah Harris, one of our Yorkshire printmakers.
Sarah’s work consists of limited edition screen prints that begin as pen drawings. A limited colour palette is used throughout to enhance the line work, adding depth and interest through placement and tone.
Having graduated in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design Sarah had previously spent her career working within retail head offices in a variety of roles including design, marketing and buying. She rediscovered her love of drawing in 2011 through an evening course at Leeds College of Art, which also reintroduced her to printmaking.
Sarah first began to work as an artist in 2012, and the following year was awarded The Curzon Exhibition Award which gave her the opportunity to have her first solo show, Discovering Yorkshire, in 2014. In 2014 and 2015 her prints were shortlisted for the Flourish Award, for excellence in printmaking, winning the People’s Choice award in 2014.
In 2015 Sarah’s Brimham Rocks print was shortlisted for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
She has always enjoyed the exploration of landscapes and combines this curiosity for her surroundings with practice, endeavouring to produce an image that brings you into the reality of that scene, whilst evoking a feeling of nostalgia and sense of discovery.
To start each piece Sarah goes out with her camera and investigates the subject, once back at the studio the image is interpreted into a pen and ink drawing, the same size as the finished print in order to retain the quality of line, the drawing is then used as a template to create the finished piece and block stencils are produced for each individual colour.
Each print is then hand screen printed using the finest mesh possible, with each colour individually registered to the next.
Sarah Harris has a good range of prints with us at the moment and also has an exhibition at Cartwright Hall called Re-Discovering Yorkshire. Each print in this exhibition holds a visual narrative about it’s location. Sarah has shared a story for each, about it’s history, or her own personal experience at that place. The exhibition runs until September 10th 2017 so plenty of time for you to head to Bradford and see Sarah’s new work.