Sara Impey

Born lives and works in Essex

Sara is a self-taught quilter, specialising in machine-stitched lettering. She writes her own material, enabling her to play with language in a visual form and use it to comment on social and personal issues

.Her quilts have been exhibited nationally and internationally and she has won many awards. She is a selected mem- ber of the group Quilt Art and an honorary member of The Quilters’ Guild. Her book ‘Text in Textile Art’ will be pub- lished by Anova Books in August 2013.

‘The inclusion of stitched text as a design element as well as a medium of communication has limitless expressive potential. The pleasure of making and the time it takes is very important to me. Although I use contemporary tools and techniques, I still feel close to the tradition of painstaking and time-consuming English hand-pieced patchwork with which I started.’

The Victoria & Albert Museum
The Museum of Arts & Design, New York The Quilt Museum, York
Braintree District Museum
Private collections

Recent Exhibitions
2013 Quilt National ’13, Athens, Ohio, USA.
2012 ‘Voices’, Quilt Art, Riverside Mill, Bovey Tracey, Devon.
2012 ‘ACCENT’, British quilts at The National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky, USA.
2011 Quilt National ‘11, Athens, Ohio, USA.
2010 Victoria & Albert Museum, QUILTS 1700-2010: Hidden Histories, Untold Stories.
2010 Quilt Art at 25. 25th Anniversary exhibition at Bankfield Museum, Halifax.
2010 ‘Inspired by the Past: Traditional Practice and Contemporary Conversations, The Quilt Museum, York. 2010 35/35, Patchwork Contemporain Suisse et Européen, Musée d’Art et d’Histoire, Neuchatel, Switzerland