About Me

Having been born in the early swinging sixties, I think I am only now catching up with the rich design period in which I was born! As a child I was frequently rearranging my room and planning new colour schemes and designs. As a teenager in the 1970s, It was not permitted to study art and music at A level, so I continued my education with a music degree and an ongoing career in Music.

It is only relatively recently however, in the last 10 years or so, that I have managed to pursue my interest and study in art. The creative passion may have sat dormant for many years, but I have definitely made up for lost time since rediscovering the joy of creativity and design.

My Work

My work is expressive and colourful and often has strong elements of pattern within the composition.  Bold fluid mark-making defines the design, and a confident use of colour creates lively engaging compositions. My palette is informed by my personal reaction to colour and as a result I am currently working with warm, strong, uplifting colours.

What does it look like?

Floral shapes and patterns frequently emerge, and when I am developing a still life design, I often embrace traditional ideals and subject matter. It is however the contemporary use of colour and line, combined with my love of rhythm and harmony, that work together to create unique compositions. There is no doubt that my musical background informs and influences my creative decisions.

My Inspiration

My interest in colour and design has been fuelled recently by researching vintage and period ceramics and textiles. I have also been investigating how colour has been used throughout the centuries to enhance and stimulate the experience of the home maker. My home is important to me and my collections of handmade and natural found items are now beginning to make more sense in the bigger picture of my art – they all have elements of subtlety and strength. Inner and outer qualities that resonate with my own personality. The fact that they are all made by hand or by nature is important to me.

Exploration

A recent re-engagement with textiles has opened another avenue to explore, and I am curious about the tactile and 3D elements that this introduces. I have an aesthetic relationship with my materials – creating a beautiful design is important to me, but I am also really interested in being fully immersed in the process of creation. Selecting the surface and materials are integral to my practice. My authentic hand has to be in the process if I am to create work that resonates.

New Developments

In order to further my interest in design and home furnishings, I am excited to be developing a range of textiles and Homeware. I love the idea of creating a product that is both beautiful and useful. This new product range will be available in the Autumn. In addition to these printed textiles, I am also working on some needlepoint designs based on some of my paintings.

Where can you see my work?

I exhibit regularly in the South East of England and have taken part in South East Open Studios for 17 years. I am currently represented by the Artspring Gallery ​ in Tonbridge.

Forthcoming exhibitions:

Number Four Gallery – St Abbs, Scotland. 13th November 2021 – end of January 2022. (showing paintings)
School Gambia Arts and Crafts exhibition – 19th – 21st November 2021 in the church of Yalding village, Kent. (Showing paintings and Textiles/Homeware)

 

Personal thoughts

For me personally, there has to be a combination of all the ingredients in the right proportions for the work to feel whole. There needs to be enough space in a design for the movement to be expressed freely.

When subtleties of colour, space, movement, line and texture all converge in a positive, balanced, uplifting experience, I feel that I have engaged successfully with both my subject matter and myself.

Workshops

Under normal circumstances, I also run bespoke Positive Creativity workshops for individuals and small groups. (Workshops are currently postponed due to the pandemic)

 

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Sarah de Mattos - studio portrait 2021

Exciting News!

I am delighted to announce that I have been working on a range of Textile designs for homeware. Click here to visit my Textile shop or click the link on my Home page. Keep an eye on social media for updates.

October 2021