Born and bred on the Isle of Man, Sarah attended Ramsey Grammar School until the age of 16, when she won the chance to study for two years at international sixth-form school, Atlantic College.It was here she discovered Wearable Art and began making costumes out of the least likely of materials, with a particular interest in using recycled or waste materials (even tents!).
She went on to study a BA (Hons) Contemporary Applied Arts, where she honed her skills as a maker (in ceramics, textiles, metals glass and woodwork) whilst pursuing her love of music and performance after class. After graduating, Sarah became Artist in Residence at the Sayle Gallery, where she spent the year working towards her first solo exhibition: Mirabilis - a collection of ethereal dresses which sought to transform the unusual and/or low-value materials they were made of (clingfilm, tissue paper, sellotape, tin cans and feathers) into objects of true value and beauty. It was her fibre-optic ball gown which stole the show, and was made a finalist in the World of WearableArt Awards in Wellington, New Zealand. Another of her dresses caught the eye of a certain someone, and in 2013 Sarah was commissioned to make a piece of Wearable Art for Katie Melua to wear to Manx Cancer Help's annual ball.
The last couple of years have seen Sarah return to performing, through the Inter-Island Artist Lock-In 2015, where Sarah represented the Island in Jersey, and through singing with the wonderful Ruth Keggin. November 2016 saw a photographic exhibition, Alchemy, following a year-long collaboration with fashion photographer Jessy Raso.
Having joined us as a guest presenter on women today in November of last year, Sarah is excited to share her love of the creative arts with through the station's Arts Council-sponsored Arts and Culture programme, Spotlight.