My career as a textile designer and screen-printer has spanned over thirty years and started when I walked through the doors of Camberwell Art College to start a B.A. in Textile Design in 1982. This began a journey of discovery into textile design and screen and block printing that I've been following ever since.
I love nature and it's earthy imperfect forms and colours. In this North Devon landscape where I walk every day, I find a calm and natural beauty that makes me feel not only inspired but also happy! I try to bring this into my work, to bring something of this into peoples homes. When people come back and tell me that my work gives them pleasure every single day, then I feel doubly happy!
It isn't just about the design and colour, although that's part of it, but also the complex alchemy of printed textiles that continues to inspire me. A study year in India in 1986, gave me a life long interest in block-printing. I spent time block-printing, had my own blocks cut and watched lengths and lengths of fabric being printed on the skilled block printers print tables which they held on their laps.
Many years later, In order to develop digital design skills I undertook a Masters degree in Textile Design at Bath Spa University, achieving a distinction in 2008.
Much of my drawing and colour inspiration can be found on my blog Planet Sam
My textiles have been sold in many shops and galleries in Europe and USA, notably, Liberty, the Crafts Council shop at the V&A, the Scottish Gallery, The National Trust Artisan and Craft Collection, Nordstrum and Saks 5th Avenue and have been featured in national and International press.