Sarah Beare


The Be All and End All

Patterns run throughout the world – in beauty, nature, science and maths. When we see patterns we see recursive systems – intricate operations, ever connecting, ticking and winding. Tiny cogs that build and weave through our civilisation, moving us forward and keeping us in sync. With each curve, lip and line, we generate life filled with love, thought and empathy. Our patterns of systems allow us to draw breath, lift and fall. We use patterns of behaviour to understand others and predict their actions. Patterns give us structure and peace, and when we create new patterns we give birth to new ways of life and learning.

Whether they are complex or infinite, we see patterns in each facet of every moment.

Picking out the simple beauty of the patterns that run through our everyday lives is artist Sarah Beare who looks to be creative in everything she does.

“Creativity is the be all and end all,” she says. “Creating a new piece is a bit like an addiction, you keep trying to make it better and when you do it’s like a fix.”

Although she has been making things since she was a child, Sarah originally started to focus her work on printmaking and grew from there.

“I love that when you print, you can do things over and over but in different ways. It’s an interesting process. You can do one thing then change it and then change the colours – I like the transformative nature of creative methods.

You take some simple ingredients and end up with something new each time you lift the etching plate,” she says.

It wasn’t long before Sarah soon learnt more about laser cutting and started experimenting by learning the patterns of some harpsichord rose parchments.

“They’re placed in the soundboard of a harpsichord and the patterns are just beautiful. I really got into the geometry of the patterns and I started to recycle them,” says Sarah.

She even adopted some of the patterns from the parchments to make some miniature thrones.

Keeping her work quite colour neutral, Sarah focuses on the intricate patterns to express the detail and voice in her work. “It’s about shape – colour would be a distraction,” she says.

Working with thick card in cream and white, Sarah’s work carries with it a contemplative mood and is inspired by the very world around us.

“There are so many amazing patterns in the natural world and in the human form. Bodies are very expressive,” she says.

With a bustling workshop at home, Sarah often uses digital tools to help her create her pieces including her own laser cutter.

“It’s an amazing tool. We’re extraordinarily lucky to live in this digital era. I like the independence of working for myself but I like being able to decide on what I’m going to do and what I’m going to concentrate on. I have a lovely big workshop stocked with tools and materials that are full of potential,” she says.

Exclusively for Takeaway Art, Sarah has created a delicate string of five baubles which are each made up of three discs all in a line and follow a harpsichord rose parchment pattern.

“They combine these really old designs from the 16th and 17th centuries which I have adapted from some old photos,” she says. “They’re like beads on a string – you fold out the sides and then you can hang them up,” she says. “I had the idea and the patterns and then developed it from there. I’m really pleased with them.

“When people see them, I want them to feel peaceful. They’re pretty and complicated at the same time so you can just get lost in the patterns.”

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