Sarah has been in the industry for eleven years, and has run her own studio for the last one. This studio is limited to just her at present, to give her flexibility; currently, for instance, she is publishing her first book, among other design and screen-printing projects. Though she has been drawing all her life, she admits “I never thought I would go into design.” Initially drawn to sculpture, she was pushed towards design by a teacher on her Foundation course who saw her strengths lay elsewhere, and she ended up on a typography course, albeit one with enough flexibility that she worked extensively with various methodologies such as drawing and watercolour. Asked what influences she retains from that course, she cites a sense of craftsmanship.
She goes on to discuss her MA at the London College of Communication, which she describes as an experimental time during which she explored many different techniques and methods. Upon graduating, she was drawn to work at the Barbican because of the breadth and scope of the work on display; her first application, however, met with no success. She instead took some corporate design work. “I slowly started building a portfolio that was more employable, less experimental,” she says – a tactic she worked out for herself from the responses she was receiving from employers. Applying to the Barbican again for the position of junior graphic designer, she tailored her portfolio to match the aesthetic of the gallery's own branding, and was successful, working there for several years on various design projects from posters to brochures.