BIO:

Sarah Mark received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Seattle Pacific University, where she majored in Clothing and Textiles and minored in art. She also received an Associates degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City for fashion design. She spent the first decade of her career in Los Angeles, CA, designing women's high fashion sportswear. Since moving to Detroit in 2012, she has expanded her love for fibers into new areas including fine art, installation, and clothing design. Her dedication to ethical design informs her work as she uses almost entirely repurposed materials. She is inspired by the ethereal intricacies found in nature as well as the colors, textures, and tribal symbols discovered in her travels throughout Africa and Asia. She is currently rediscovering her love for fashion design by investigating what it means for an installation to become alive on the human form.

ARTIST STATEMENT:
I am a fiber artist and fashion designer who is inspired by the colors, textures, shapes and patterns found in nature and in various cultural expressions found around the world. My spiritual practice of prayer and studying sacred text are an important part of my process as well as inspiration. My work is also heavily influenced by my practice of re-purposing materials. The work is slow and is a contemplative practice for me to renew my mind, slow down, dream, pray, and listen. I am interested in how art can become alive on the human form and I am honored when I get to witness a person's inner transformation as they put on a garment that makes them feel beautiful and alive.