I’m Sarah, a wandering artist and art teacher in my late 20s.
I spent my childhood in the suburbs of Toronto, Canada and went to high school in Dallas, Texas. I attended university in North Carolina and spent my 25th birthday eating dobos torta on a balcony in Budapest, Hungary in the midst of a 10-month round the world trip. I had just quit my first real job as an art teacher and felt fearless and terrified.
At its center, my art is about movement. A loom is a stationary object, a tool that requires one to stop and stay a while. While sitting still, I am able to travel through time.
The beauty and mystery of the entire world inspires me. I feel I do not belong to one place but to it all. I’m interested in maps and the stories they tell of time and place, the primitive notion of shelter and nomadism, and the species who once roamed this earth but are now silent. I believe in the interconnected-ness of all things.
Tapestry is my way of telling these stories. I also love to weave functional objects and hope to one day build a temporary shelter, a tent completely out of hand-woven cloth. An installation project, perhaps?
I have always been filled with the desire to move and the anticipation of going somewhere new is one of my favorite feelings. I’m a backpacker through and through and will always prefer a quiet mountain town to a big city. My natural eagerness to travel is the “map” part of this blog.
The word “loom” comes from my love of tapestry weaving and textiles. Weaving is my meditation, my solace after a long day of teaching. It’s an ancient and primal form of artistic expression that nearly every culture practices. It’s a language all its own and the only one I am fluent in. I’ve connected with people all over the world through my weaving practice and love of textiles.
I have explored over 40 countries in the past 5 years and prefer visiting lesser-known places that are still mysterious and undocumented. I like surprises and spontaneity. This blog will be more of a visual diary than a guidebook. This will be a place to share authentic stories and experiences. A place to share my photographs and artwork. I hope it will inspire you to experience something new no matter where you are in life.