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Sarah Appleton graduated in 2016 from the Textiles BA (Hons) course at Arts University Bournemouth with a specialism in hand stitch. After graduating, she exhibited at both New Designers and the Festival of Quilts and was recently the Emerging Artist for the 'Threads of Narrative' project based on the archives of the Bankes family of Dorset. Taking inspiration from such far-reaching places as Science Fiction, music and deep sea creatures, her work is a unique view into a truly imaginative mind. Sarah's work has a surreal, illustrative quality which transports the viewer into her highly creative, often humorous, colourful world. As a self-taught embroiderer, she brings a refreshing modernity to her work by adding interactive smart materials and LED circuits into many of her statement pieces - which she programmes and installs herself - demonstrating the diversity of her skillset.


From her studio in Ferndown, Dorset, Sarah creates statement costume jewellery, prints, greetings cards and other joyous objects. Available for freelance work and bespoke commissions, please get in touch for more information.



2013 - 2016 Arts University Bournemouth

BA (Hons) Textiles


Grants & Awards 

2019 - Bursary Award for the New King's Carnival Project

2016 - Finalist for Quilter's Guild BA Bursary Award

2014 - Runner Up in Bournemouth Borough Council's 

'Postcards for Peace' Competition



2018 - Featured Artist, Balaclafa CARN, Caernarfon

2018 - Threads of Narrative, Kingston Lacy, Dorset

2018 - Threads of Narrative, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset

2017 - Textile Textures, Walford Mill Crafts, Dorset

2016 - Festival of Quilts, NEC Birmingham

2016 - New Designers, London

2015 - BUMF Gallery Presents: Here, There & Everywhere

2014 - Contributor to the 'Blood Bag Project'



Present - Freelance Art & Craft Tutor

Present - Learning Volunteer at Russell-Cotes Museum

2023 - Worked on 'Her Story' project with Sarah

             Redmond-Fareham and students of QE school

2021 - Volunteered to sew Little Amal's 'Skirt of Welcome'

2019 - Assistant at Little Indie Art Club

2018 - Shortlisted for the BBC's Victorian House of

             Arts and Crafts programme

2017 - Volunteer at the New Carnival Company

2014 - Internship at Hand & Lock

2014 - Internship at Nelly's Treasures


In The Media

2019 - Women Know Your Place Podcast [Episode: Next Steps]

2019 - New King's Carnival Project Documentary

2018 - Bournemouth Echo, October 2nd [p.9]

2018 - Embroidery Magazine, March / April Issue [p.9]

2018 - Dorchester Parish Magazine, January Issue [p.27]

2016 - BUMF Magazine Issue 02 [p. 27]




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