(l) “Hang up and Draw” (2008) 54″ x 36,” $14,000
(r) “Rough Copy # 6 Postage Due” (2011) 60″ x 42,” $16,000
Sarah Swett’s Statement
The perfect yarn is a column of air surrounded by fiber.
The best ideas show up when I’m doing something else.
The ideal project takes over my life and requires a season or two to complete. Or a year. Or three. It demands time, but not money. Or new clothes. Sometimes it is new clothes.
The design worth pursuing is not a design at all, but life made manifest in color, texture, image. It is a second captured in cloth, an unfolding story, a small miracle.
This work infiltrates my dreams, builds my biceps, thrills me to the bone and drives me to tears. When I was seven I turned scraps of yarn into a magic carpet. I am still at it.
Sarah Swett’s Biography
Sarah Swett was born in Brooklyn NY, moved to Idaho at eighteen and has devoted the subsequent decades to telling long, slow stories with yarn. Her work travels the world in books, magazines, exhibitions and the great invisible web. She does her best to stay at home eating cinnamon toast.