Sarah Vivian took an Honours Degree in Education in 1975, with art and craft as the main subjects, and followed the craft avenue professionally. She set up a craft business in 1977, and for over ten years she was a handloom weaver and tailoress in a craft centre in Devon. She moved to her own textile gallery in 1988 and diversified her work, producing a wide range of items in painted silk, printed fabrics, batik, embroidery and applique, and especially patchwork. The gallery also sold the work of over 150 craftspeople, and held exhibitions. From 1982 to 1990 Sarah was a Council Member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen, and during this time served on various craft committees, and the local Chamber of Commerce. Her gallery in Devon was sold in 1994, and she moved to west Penwith in 1996. Sarah has now been painting full time since 1998.
She says: 'My painting is an expression of my love of the land in west Penwith ...I try to express the magic or earth energy, the essence or resonance of a place, a stone, a tree. I look for the symmetries and similarities of patterns, the inherent fractals of growth and movement.'
Her work has been widely shown in Cornwall, and her most recent paintings have been done to commission (see website for details). Approximately 500 of her original oil paintings are held in private collections.
works and access
Works can be viewed at The Little Picture Gallery, Mousehole; Gallery 38, St Ives; Lamorna Pottery Gallery; Know Thyself, St Georges Arcade, Falmouth; Windswept, St Just; The Picture Parlour, Boscastle.
Cards and prints are in 20 outlets mainly in the South West, and 3 images are stocked by National Trust Enterprises, Cornwall.
1999: 'In the Path of the Shadow' Porthcurno and Geevor
2001: 'Celebrating the Spirit of the Land', Morvah School House Gallery (solo)
2003: 'For the Love of Stone', Camborne School of Mines
2004: Guest artist at the opening of the National Trust Gallery at Cothele House, nr Plymouth
2005: The Magic of Landscape, Mariners Gallery, St Ives
2005: The Mousehole, Mousehole (solo)
2005: The Peninsula Society, The Customs House Gallery, Penzance
2007: Invited artist for Annual Cancer Research Exhibition, Cape Cornwall
2008: Earth Magic, Morvah Schoolhouse Gallery
2008: Postcards from Paradise, Just Fine Art, St Just
2009: This Beautiful Land, Shire Hall, Bodmin (solo)
2010/2011: Winter Show exhibitions, Just Fine Art, St Just
2016: Landscape - in detail, Alverton Gallery, Penzance
2022: Stone Wood Being, PZ Gallery, Penzance (27 May-9 June)
Devon Guild of Craftsmen (1982-90)