Artist Collaboration: Sarah Golden
Spotlight on our new coneflower daisy print created by artist Sarah Golden for our Spring 2021 Collection. We asked Sarah about her creative process, what inspires her and more. Read the full Q&A below!
1. Where did you grow up / Where do you live now? I grew up in Northern California, in a small town outside of Sacramento with a population of less than 200. I now live in Sacramento, after having lived in Los Angeles for almost 10 years and Portland, Oregon.
2. How long have you been painting? I’ve been painting for 5 years. I started designing fabric 6 years ago.
3. How did you know you wanted to be an artist? I’ve been pulled toward textiles for the last 15 years. I knew I wanted to design textiles and have my work be on fabric, apparel and home goods in some capacity. That’s how I started, then I jumped to painting on canvas and creating original paintings. It’s still about creating a textile in a way for me when creating a painting. But once my twins were born, I realized I didn’t want to/or couldn’t work for someone else - I needed to be self employed. Making art gives me energy, and with twins, I need all the energy I can get.
4. How would you describe your personal style? How does this affect your work? My personal style is simple, unfussy. I have a color palette that I've stuck to for a long time - I love vintage, and handmade. I’m really attracted to patterns and how they play with each other. Scales of pattern or very subtle monochromatic patterns, like the weave of a fabric or textures in paper and how it reacts with inks and paint. Those things really speak to me, and I spend a lot of time trying to capture that and thinking about how to then translate it back onto another substrate, like fabric.
5. Describe your most memorable moment as an artist so far? Right now, we’re in the last stages of building a large beautiful detached studio in our backyard. That’s a big step, which is possible because of a lot of smaller awesome steps.
6. What has been your biggest struggle as an artist so far? Focus and time. I want to do so many different projects! But there’s only so many hours and I have to prioritize my focus. Especially this year with the kids home and distance learning, it’s been hard to manage my ambitions, expectations and patience. I just want to paint all day long!
7. What were your thoughts when PC reached out to collaborate on this amazing print? A quick YES! It’s exactly the collaboration I imagine this print for.
8. Have you ever seen your prints on clothing before? Yes, but only from clothes handmade with my fabrics. So this will be my first apparel collaboration.
9. Any sneak peeks or hints on any upcoming works? I have a new fabric collection coming out in Spring, and once I move into my new studio in February, I start work on my Spring painting collection. Time to roll up my sleeves and splash some paint around.