Sarah Spence

Sarah was raised in Gisborne surrounded by the ocean and the great outdoors. She has been creating art ever since she was a young girl. Her love of nature and the outdoors has inspired the artworks she creates. She later learnt weaving while up the East Coast of Gisborne with Puni McIllroy at Waipiro Bay. Since then she has been creating her own woven boddesses and wearable art along with huge hanging chairs from our native supplejack vine.Which have won National Awards. Her art works are both decorative and functional, aiming to bring nature indoors. She uses the natural contours of her works and plays with light and it's many dynamic features to create some very interesting moods and atmospheres with each distinctive piece. Her work breathes new life into subjects that may have never been seen nor appreciated in any light, for they would be lost to the forest floor. 

She has taken part in collaborative exhibitions as well as individual ones, and sells her works in galleries all over New Zealand as well as overseas. Since being back in Gisborne she works from her home studio at Wainui Beach . She has formed her own label and is now also working with copper as well as harekeke.