Sarah Burgess

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Drowning By Numbers; Sarah Burgess

Making:50 1st April 2023  Tweedale Museum and Art Gallery

Im very much looking forward to seeing  the amazing work of all the Textile Study Group members together in this the 50th anniversary year of the founding of the group. It will be very special. My work Stuff Happens will also be on show for the first time.

 Textile Tutor Group

I’m pleased to be working again with the Textile Tutor Group, based in Chesterfield again on a monthly basis during term time. Its good to be back together face to face again for our sessions. There is no substitute for making work, bouncing ideas around, in a supportive environment, all together in one space. Working towards their next exhibition at Dronfield Hall Barn 18-24 March 2024

Sheffield Printmakers

Its very exciting that the Printmakers have secured a series of exhibitions coming up over the next few years, several at Dronfield Barn and the walled Garden and big exhibitions at the Sock Gallery in Loughborough and Buxton Museum and Art Gallery in 2024 and 2025. More information at



My courses relate to design and idea development, often using print, embossing, semi-transparency and stitch. I enjoy teaching Summer Schools and longer workshops, working with students to develop their ideas.

A few examples – but get in touch if you would like to discuss an idea.

Chasing Shadows 

Working  with semi-transparent materials we explore print, shadow applique and shadow stitching to develop personal ideas connected to shifting shadows and reflections. Materials will be layered, stitched, cut back and cut through to reveal unsuspected and complex layers.


White on White; embossing and cutwork

An experimental workshop using hand embossing techniques on paper and directional lighting to cast shadows in differing light situations.  Ideas can be developed into experimental cutwork and print using gesso and white inks.

Personal Lanscapes with Print and Stitch

Travelling through landscape we absorb colour, shape, line and mark both consciously and unconsciously. The ancient and the contemporary; the country and the city, they collide and overlap in our imaginations.
Using your own landscape source material as the starting point for a series of mono-print sketches we will build accidental and intentional printed marks on experimental surfaces.
Working with stitch and mark-making we will move between fabric and paper to explore the design potential of a range of techniques including several types of mono-print.

START WITH A STITCH – and see where it can take you.

Working with your selected stitch and a range of mixed media approaches, we will develop a series of prints and designs on paper and fabric and explore your ideas through stitched samples and test pieces using a variety of experimental stitch methods and techniques.


my lectures

Usually an hour in length, please contact me for up to date fees and to discuss ideas.

My talks cover the development of my life and work over the last few years, from the end of my MA studies at Manchester School of Art to the current time.

I explore issues connected to the climate crisis, sea level rise, memory, incident and found objects in my work. I show research imagery, ideas in progress, trials and tests as well as resolved work.



Drawn 1. 50 x 70 cms. graphite, linen drawn thread, organdie and paper

articles and reviews

I have written articles for Embroidery Magazine and reviews for The Textile Society will consider commissions for articles and reviews.

My web site:

commissions information

A few commissions:

2009 – 2010 Commissions for altar covering, burse veil and pulpit falls. St Edmund’s, South Chingford.

2009 Interior Design Scheme North Harrow Methodists Church

2008 York Minster. Commissioned design work for Nave Altar.

2004 All Saints’ Church Matlock, stained glass window, designer and collaborator.

2002 St Wilfrid’s Church Egginton. Stained glass window designer and collaborator


Laudian altar covering for St Edmund’s Chingford, 2010


Contributed to a number of publications, including:


Making:50. 2023

Insights: Textile Study Group 2020

Textile Art of Today; textile triennial 2018-19

DIS/rupt Textile Study Group 2017

Pinpoint. 2015 Joanna Bryant and Lyndsey Keeling

Individual and Collective

Drawn to Stitch, Gwen Hedley. 2010.
Creating Sketchbooks, Kay Greenlees. 2005.

Inspiration Plus, Bailey Curtis. 2006.

For more information about any item on this noticeboard, please contact the artist

About the artist

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  • work by Sarah Burgess
  • work by Sarah Burgess
  • work by Sarah Burgess
  • work by Sarah Burgess
  • work by Sarah Burgess