HI AND WELCOME – My name is Sam and I’m a mixed media artist – with a huge love for stories and story telling in all its forms…at the moment I live on the East Coast of England.
My mixed media sculptures and art dolls combine all my creative urges …costume, theatre, sculpting, story telling, creating, tinkering…playing… Each figure is entirely made by me, by hand, using either clay or fabrics over a wire armature ( – sometimes both, but always with clay heads), and paint, wood, found objects, various textiles and textile techniques, and a sprinkling of imagination to depict the characters I have met, seen, dreamt of or imagined – little people with large personalities … all one of a kind and unique individuals… much like us larger people. Each character has their own story.
Please click on the links at the top of the page to come exploring….
CACTUS Gallery LA- Doll Makers V11, Folktales. September 2020
The Inverarity Gallery– ‘A’ is for apple exhibition – Nov. 2019
Penumbra Gallery (Portugal) – Superstition exhibition – Sept. 2019
The Inverarity Gallery – Spectral and Sepia exhibition – oct- 2018
Dolls art exhibition, the Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, Tel Aviv, Israel march – july 2014
oct – nov 2013 Cursley and Bond, Folkestone, England darkness descends exhibition
nov and dec 2013 Cursley and Bond, Folkestone, England winter wonderland exhibition
dec 2012 Creative Quarter, Folkestone, England christmas exhibition
An enormous love for the theatre / cinema and arts – and a disturbing passion for textiles, puppets, masks and costume eventually took her to Central St Martins to study theatre design, specializing in costume.
Her subject matter is heavily influenced by her great love of all forms of story telling, especially fairy tales ( both dark and light), but also costume design, fashion photography, steampunkery, old photographs and stop motion animation -and depicts characters from life or imagination that want to come out to pose! She is happiest when creating things with her hands, listening to music, surrounded by fabrics, ink, paint, clay and their associated smells, mess and potential, and always has a huge smile for creativity and stories and the characters they contain … imaginary or real, on stage, screen, page or pavement. She hopes her work will make you smile too, and inspire you to daydream and imagine the stories surrounding every character on display.
Sam has a wandering gypsy soul that loves to travel, to explore, experience and learn …so she cocoons herself in creativity to still her itchy feet and take the time to exhale…
As a small child she ran off to join the church choir, took dance lessons until her late, late teens and developed a habit of singing ( loudly and badly ) or dancing whenever she was completely alone…she still does this…often! although she’s far too embarrassed to ever admit it. She adores watching other people dancing…lost to the music…in every form of dance…Ballet to street, tap to Futterwaken.
Her first three years of boarding school mainly consisted of planning and carrying out daring escapes to her grandparents home … she was always returned after the weekend with her pet stone.
The absurd, Monty Python, Terry Pratchett’s, hearing children chortling, and Withnail And I always make her giggle.
She loves the works of………………………………………………….
Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Laika, Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaimen, Edward Gorey, Haruki Murakami, Guillermo del toro, Rumi, Boris Vian, everything Brothers Grimm, Gormenghast and childhood-creepy…and too many more things to be able to fit on here!
Colchester institute 1986-88, Art and design BTec national diploma
Chelsea school of art 1988-90, Mural design HND
Central St Martins 1990-1993 Theatre design BA HONS
Early Art works
Mural commission, St Mary’s Hospital, London. 1990
Mural commission, Milbank, London. 1990
Theatre set designs, Seaview players, Brightlingsea. 2000-2005
Designing bags, crafted fabrics and artworks for commissions, craft fairs and Portobello market 1990-2009
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