To create her swatches of geometric patterned, earthy-toned fabrics, Sarah Annand starts with a camera. She finds unique light, angles, shape and patterns around Canberra’s modernist architecture to snap and take back to her studio where she will enhance the contrast between light and dark to uncover the dominant shapes hidden in the frames.
From here she paints. Sarah works by hand with acrylics to create a final artwork, which she then prints digitally onto fabrics. The whole multi-step sequence takes a long time, but it delivers designs that Sarah has crafted at every point in the process.
It also allows Sarah to unite so many of her creative passions: photography, architecture, painting and fabrics.
‘The textile design side of things is self-taught,’ Sarah explains. ‘After working in the textile industry for the past 10 years I knew I wanted to bring together my love of photography and painting with fabric so I invested in the digital tools to make it happen.’
You can see the modernist and brutalist shapes in her geometric, architectural patterns, expressed in tonal palettes consisting predominantly of soft creams and shades of brown.
‘I love to find unique compositions created by light and shadow around forms,’ she says. ‘My painting process is quite free, allowing me to stumble upon shapes and patterns through creative play, deconstructing, reconstructing and creating new compositions both by hand and digitally. There is no set time to create a design; some come quickly while others are slowly built upon as I return to them over time.’
Once the designs are complete, Sarah sells fabric and cushions made-to-order through Oat Studio. She also sells her photography and paintings that inspired the print designs. It’s a multifaceted practice!
We obviously love the beautifully crafted Oat Studio aesthetic because Sarah’s brand is shortlisted in the Textile category of The Design Files + Laminex Design Awards 2021!