Makers Month: Who's Who: Sarah Waterhouse

This is the last of our Who's Who's for Makers Month and we have Sarah Waterhouse this time.  We have admired her work for such a long time and so it is great to be able to have a chat with her.

Who are you?
Hello I'm Sarah Waterhouse. I'm a designer and screen printer. I'm 33 years old and I'm from Sheffield, Yorkshire.  I share my life with my husband Owen, who is also a designer, and our rescue Pug Etty.  When I'm not working I'm knitting, sewing, reading or working in the garden.

What do you do?
Since 2007 I've run a sustainable fabric print and design company in Sheffield called SarahWaterhouse.  We specialise in sustainably printed fabrics for crafts, interiors and upholstery.  All of our designs are created and printed from our studio at Yorkshire Artspace in the heart of Sheffield and we print on organic cotton, hemp and linen fabrics and print using organic inks.  Our fabrics are bold, colourful and a little unusual.

How did you start?
I had ideas to start my own business making accessories when I graduated from university but I could never find the right printed fabrics to make things with so I decided to design my own. I loved lino printing at college but had never learnt how to screen print so I taught myself using books and picking up tips from the internet.  I started printing from home back in 2006 and then moved to my first studio at Yorkshire Artspace in 2009.  I then decided to concentrate on my fabric designs as they were proving so popular so I stopped making accessories and just concentrated on the fabrics. Since then I've expanded the business, moved studio 3 times and have grown from a tiny printing table that was less than a metre wide to an 8.5m professional print table capable of printing fabrics by the metre.

What's Next?
We're currently working on our new base cloth project which involves printing on a specially woven British sustainable cloth.  The experience has been brilliant and we hope to launch more British woven cloths in the future.  We will launch the new fabric with new colour ways of our Botany collection in September. We're also working with an upholsterer to start making some custom printed bespoke furniture pieces.

What advice would you give yourself if you could go back to the beginning?
I would definitely tell myself to go back to university and do a fabric print and design course. I've learnt so much teaching myself but it's taken a lot longer that way!

How amazing is Sarah's work!  Love the prints the patterns.  Wouldn't you just love to go visit her studio!

That is it for our Who's Who's this month, but check back in next month for our usual monthly instalment.

H & Sammy

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