Sam Pickard

Sam's career as a textile designer and screen-printer has spanned over thirty years and started when she walked through the doors of Camberwell Art College to start a B.A. in Textile Design in 1982. This began a journey of discovery into textiles, screen and block printing that she's been following ever since.

 

Sam loves nature and its earthy imperfect forms and colours. In the North Devon landscape where she walks every day, she finds a calm and natural beauty that makes her feel not only inspired but also happy! She tries to bring this into her work, to bring something of this into people's homes. 

 

It isn't just about the design and colour, although that's part of it, but also the complex alchemy of printed textiles that continues to inspire Sam. A study year in India in 1986, gave her a life-long interest in block-printing. She spent time block-printing, had her own blocks cut and watched lengths and lengths of fabric being printed on the skilled block printers print tables which they held on their laps. 

 

Many years later, In order to develop digital design skills Sam undertook a Masters degree in Textile Design at Bath Spa University, achieving a distinction in 2008.

 

Sam's textiles have been sold in many shops and galleries in Europe and USA, notably, Liberty, the Crafts Council shop at the V&A, the Scottish Gallery, The National Trust Artisan and Craft Collection, Nordstrum and Saks 5th Avenue and have been featured in national and International press.

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