In the last few years, Sarah Arnett has moved her signature style of elegant beauty into areas outside the fashion industry to explore a broader creative process. Sarah’s compositions evidence her obsession with colour and draw on a diverse array of experiences. Sarah re-imagines fantastical landscapes to create a remarkable illustrative narrative.
From her formative years in Africa to a life by the Regency English seaside have given Sarah a unique set of influences to draw from. Along with a love of the bygone world, of botany and film, a life filled with adventure and travel have combined to inform her notable style. Ultimately, Sarah’s work allows us to escape to an unknown paradise to leaves us filled with the sense and pleasure of elegant indulgence.
Sarah has travelled extensively following a childhood filled with exploration in Zimbabwe. Unsurprisingly, it is this chapter of her life that has the most profound influence on her work, life and outlook. After graduating from the University of Brighton with a degree in woven textiles, she moved to India for an adventure that and immersed Sarah in the indulgence of colour and pattern, feeding her passion for a taste of the exotic. On returning to she moved seamlessly into the luxury fashion trade, creating a successful brand with a signature style founded on her unique way of applying her drawings to fashion. The results have resulted in collections and designs for high-end stores worldwide. For nearly ten years Sarah sold a women’s wear collection in over 100 stores worldwide. Liberty of London ‘Best of British’ campane showcased her lifestyle brand Modern Love.
Sitting alongside her successful design brand, her portfolio now includes a licensed wallpaper collection for TEKTURA, bespoke engineered wallpapers, public space commissions, and collaborations over the years with such brands Dior, Escada, Amex and Liberty.
Illustration and installation projects have included commissions from The National Trust and The Royal Pavilion, last year her ‘Thank You 100’ Royal British Legion commission launched outside Tate Modern and has travelled around the UK as part of the Armistice Centenary. Sarah created a further art piece that was presented as an official Thank You to the Commonwealth for their involvement in WW1. Sarah’s latest wallpaper commission “Empires Cocktail’ is being installed in the new medicine galley at the Science Museum opening this autumn.
Sarah graduated from the University of Brighton in 1990, and started her own business in 2003. She designs and makes her bespoke pieces from her studio in Brighton.