Sara Boland: Artist In Residence At Tutere

Direct access to the artist

By Kate Hartmann

Tutere Gallery has a philosophy based on connection.

By giving you direct access to our artists we hope to inspire and uplift you as you learn more about them and their creative practice.

Sara Boland graduated from EIT with a Diploma in Visual Arts and Design in 1994.

She then worked as a jeweller for quite a few years until she decided it was time for a change.

“The women in my family have shaped my love of textiles – I’ve stitched, sewed, knitted and created things out of fabric since I was a little girl, so changing my art practice to be textile based made sense.”

Exploring many themes

Sara’s current work explores themes of place, belonging, direction and journey. She creates ‘maps’ out of textile remnants and uses stitching and pattern to fully realise her concepts.

“I’m also looking at the textile industry and waste in particular. I am wanting to create or ‘re-create’ clothing from discarded, unwanted items and give them a second chance by turning them into something new.”

But make no mistake; these re-created items are taken to a whole new creative level as Sara gives each piece a unique twist by incorporating stitched messages of empowerment into them, sometimes visible, sometimes not.

Sara will be available to talk to you in the gallery on Fridays from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm or by appointment.

Q & A with Sara


What do you hope to achieve during your residency here?

As artist in residence, I hope to connect with people, exchange ideas and take full advantage of working in a busy, creative space. I also want to explore and develop the idea of ‘thoughtful fashion’ as opposed to ‘fast fashion’. Environmental and sustainability issues are really important to me so a good outcome for what I do here is also that people start thinking more carefully about their impact on the planet when they purchase clothing.

Who are your inspirations?

I’m very inspired by Louise Bourgeois who was incredibly driven an produced work well into her 90’s. Her textile work in particular is very inspirational. Contemporary textile artists that I admire are Tilleke Schwarz, Junko Oki, Alice Fox, Dorothy Caldwell, Takashi Iwasaki. Other artists I admire are Paul Klee, Sonia Delaunay, Georgia O’Keefe, Frida Kahlo, Mark Rothko and William Morris – all produced very different work but all have captured my imagination.

What are your favourite colours to use?

I don’t think I have a favourite colour. I love the many forms that green takes and I’m drawn to red for all its symbolism and in the blues I especially love indigo.

Do you have a favourite author?

My most favourite author is Margaret Attwood. When I first read ‘The Handmaids Tale’ as a teenager I was hooked, she is still my favourite. Some other writers that I enjoy are Joyce Carol Oates, Ian McEwan, John Irving, Alice Hoffman, Barbara Kingsolver……….I read a lot!

What things are important to you?

I’m passionate about a lot of things. In no particular order: art and being creative, gardening, books and reading, treading lightly on the earth, my chickens, growing vegetables, my family and raising strong daughters.

She’s also a massive Star Wars fan! Bet you wouldn’t have picked that!


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