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    Learning how to block print with natural dyes

      This is something I’ve been fascinated by for a very long time and over the years pieces of the jigsaw...

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    Coming out as Sarah Burns Patterns

    I’ve called my textile dyeing & printing business Dora Fabrics since I graduated from Chelsea – somehow it felt safer to...

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    Celebrating Barron and Larcher – textile designers

    This is an extract of a longer talk I gave at the Steyning Bookshop on the 15th November 2018 to celebrate...

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    Printing with resists & indigo dyeing

    I’ve always loved working in negative – that’s the printer in me. When you cut a lino block you remove the...

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    How a design goes from hand block print to factory screen print…

    My wood block ‘Honoria’ for the Virginia White Collection was in this months ‘House and Garden’ and it reminded me that...

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    Elizabether Friedlander – designing against the odds

    By lovely chance (I was just dropping off some more tea towels and pouches at the shop), Alice and I got...

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    Rangoli – sacred patternmaking

    I saw my first rangoli on the steps of the Bank of India – an intricate chalky pattern half washed away...

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    Crafted in the Factory

    It was a lovely end to the week on Friday when Chris printed my Sompting design for the Virginia White Collection...

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    Pattern making

    Each time I come to design a pattern, I am overtaken by an overwhelming desire to discover the hidden order that...

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