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More About Our Maker
Sarah K. Benning is an American fiber artist with a nomadic studio practice. Originally from Baltimore, she attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and received her BFA in Fiber and Material Studies. Shortly after graduating in 2013, Sarah discovered her love for embroidery and has never looked back. She often abandons traditional stitches and techniques in favor of bold shapes, playful patterns, and contemporary subject matter. Sarah currently splits her time between the US and Menorca, Spain.
Though Sarah’s formal training is in the arts, she is self-taught in the craft of embroidery. She approaches each piece as an illustration, creating a drawing in pencil directly onto the fabric before filling the image in with thread. In this way the thread becomes more like ink or paint than traditional needlework and the stitches accentuate each shape that builds the composition. Sarah’s work is inspired by plant-life, interior design trends, and a deep love of Midcentury Modern furniture and antique rugs.
Over the course of several years and a lot of trial and error, Sarah has developed a very distinct embroidery style and aesthetic. In addition to exhibiting and selling finished pieces, Sarah shares her love of embroidery though a monthly Pattern Program and occasionally teaches workshops and master classes.
Follow Sarah on Instagram and visit her online shop to see more of her beautiful contemporary embroidery work.