About

HI AND WELCOME – My name is Sam and I’m a mixed media artist – with a huge love for stories and story telling in all its forms…at the moment I live on the  East Coast of England.

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My mixed media sculptures and art dolls combine all my creative urges …costume, theatre, sculpting, story telling, creating, tinkering…playing… Each figure is entirely made by me, by hand, using either clay or fabrics over a wire armature ( – sometimes both, but always with clay heads), and paint, wood, found objects, various textiles and textile techniques, and a sprinkling of imagination to depict the characters I have met, seen, dreamt of or imagined – little people with large personalities … all one of a kind and unique individuals… much like us larger people. Each character has their own story.

Please click on the links at the top of the page to come exploring….

Statement

Sam Crow was born in  the Far East, and has been gradually travelling West ever since with a sewing needle in one hand and a pen or paint brush in the other, scribbling down the bizarre characters she either meets or imagines, costume ideas and jumbles of words …whilst enjoying and absorbing the rich textures, colours, cultures and faces on display, and developing an insatiable appetite for stories and story telling, and everything creative or magically theatrical along the way.

An enormous love for the theatre / cinema and arts –  and a disturbing passion for textiles, puppets, masks and costume eventually took her to Central St Martins to study theatre design, specializing in costume.

Her subject matter is heavily influenced by her great love of all forms of story telling, especially fairy tales ( both dark and light),  but also costume design, fashion photography, steampunkery, old photographs and stop motion animation -and depicts characters from life or imagination that want to come out to pose! She is happiest when creating things with her hands, listening to music, surrounded by fabrics, ink, paint, clay and their associated smells, mess and potential, and always has a huge smile for creativity and stories and the characters they contain … imaginary or real, on stage, screen, page or pavement.  She hopes her work will make you smile too, and inspire you to daydream and imagine the stories surrounding every character on display.

Sam has a wandering gypsy soul that loves to travel, to explore, experience and learn …so she cocoons herself in creativity to still her itchy feet and take the time to exhale…
As a small child she ran off to join the church choir, took dance lessons until her late, late teens and developed a habit of singing ( loudly and badly ) or dancing whenever she was completely alone…she still does this…often! although she’s far too embarrassed to ever admit it. She adores watching other people dancing…lost to the music…in every form of dance…Ballet to street, tap to Futterwaken.

Her first three years of boarding school mainly consisted of planning and carrying out daring escapes to her grandparents home … she was always returned after the weekend with her pet stone.

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Black Books, The I.T Crowd, Terry Gilliam, Seven Psychopaths, the absurd, Monty Python, hearing children chortling, and Withnail And I always make her giggle.
She loves the works of………………………………………………….

Tim Burton, Terry Gilliam, Peter Greenaway, Laika, Hermann Hesse, Lewis Carroll, Neil Gaimen, Edward Gorey,Haruki  Murakami, Guillermo del toro, Rumi, Boris Vian, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Marc Caro, Bjork, Terry Pratchett, Luc Besson, Edgar Allen Poe, Christopher Walken ( dance Christopher Dance!), all Johnny Depp’s characters each and every one, Gogol, A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Heath Robinson, Jules Verne, H.G Wells, Miyazai, Jim Jarmuschthe brothers Grimm, Tom Waits, Egon Schiele, Syd Barrett, Wim Wenders,  Emiliana Torrini, Debussy, Michael Nyman, Hans Zimmer, all fairy tale illustrations, street art, stop motion animation, old black and white photographs,  Chagall’s floating lovers and dreamers, Rothko’s red, white lilies, green eyes, her vintage typewriter and salad spinners…actually most things that spin! And far too too many more things than I have space to write here…

laurence uni2013 – Dropping my son Laurence Off at Uni – sob! Very very  proud of him as he is starting a degree in English Literature( exciting!!!)…and so so happy I managed to pass along a love of stories and story writing!!! Good luck Laurence!

 Education

Colchester institute 1986-88, Art and design BTec national diploma

Chelsea school of art 1988-90, Mural design HND

Central St Martins 1990-1993 Theatre design BA HONS

Art works

Mural commission, St Mary’s Hospital, London. 1990

Mural commission, Milbank, London. 1990

Theatre set designs, Seaview players, Brightlingsea. 2000-2005

Designing bags, crafted fabrics and artworks for commissions, craft fairs and Portobello market 1990-2009

Drawing with stitches exhibition, Creative Quarter, Folkestone, Kent, July 2009

Affordable Fine Art, ongoing.

Exhibiting at The Harbour Gallery, Whitstable, Kent, 2010 -2011.

Ink, Paint, Stitch exhibitionCreative Quarter, Folkestone, Kent, August 2011, part of the Folkestone Triannual Fringe exhibitions.

Commission to design logo for new charity – Angel Hands Foundation – August 2011

Ink, Paint, Stitch exhibition, Creative Quarter, Folkestone, Kent, December 2011

Inks exhibiting in France and the Creative Quarter- via Frank Hirschfield – ongoing

Fabrications Exhibition, with Mermaids and Seagulls, Strange Cargo Gallery, Folkestone, Kent   July 2012

Creative Quarter joint exhibition with Jereme Crow, Folkestone, Kent, December 2012

Darkness Descends – Autumn Showcase at Cursley and Bond, the Old High St, Folkestone, Kent October – November 2013

Cursley and Bond Gallery, the old high street, Folkestone, Kent, Nov / Dec. 2013 and Jan 2014

Love, love me do, Cursley and Bond Gallery, the Old High St, Folkestone, Kent  Feb 2014

Dolls art exhibition, the Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, Tel Aviv, Israel march – july 2014

Dolls art exhibition, the Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, Tel Aviv, Israel march – july 2015

Dolls art3 exhibition, the Old Jaffa Museum of Antiquities, Tel Aviv, Israel january – march 2017

 

 

 

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24 thoughts on “About

  1. The beautiful picture ‘Party Dress’ we bought from you at your recent exhibition now has pride of place in our home. The combination of materials and stitches are amazing.

  2. Hi Sam.
    I have long admired your outstanding work as I believe you realise. My family and I have a couple of your pieces of which we are very proud. Huge success is just around the corner.
    Best wishes.
    Ray (and family).

  3. hi Sam
    you totally surpassed yourself with your sacred heart picture – i absolutely love it so thank you so much for letting it go
    can’t wait to see you in tontine st – i’m liking the jar of jam !
    love Theresa

    1. hi theresa….i am so glad you love it and it has gone to such a good home! looking forward to seeing you at the exhibition! the jam jar is one of jereme’s new ones! thankyou for your lovely comment, sam x

  4. oh Sam I am just stunned at your gorgeous art. Having spent 20 odd years ‘sewing ‘ for a living combining it with art I just wish I had time /energy now to do more [not like yours !! ][seeing I now have a superb machine as well as all my old ones.] gosh wish I could give you the boxes of fabrics and bits and bobs I have just languishing in cupboards.
    [ps I had to give up due to illness] I can still paint in oils though. not so demanding] cheers Gini.

    1. Hi Gini, thankyou so much for your lovely comment….i don’t get to sew on the machine as much as i would like either – due to illness too – but love it when i do! i looked up your art on red bubble…it’s gorgeous, you can tell by the wonderful use of colours and their textural qualities that you love fabrics and have had a lot to do with them! beautiful!Will go back and have another look now! thankyou , sam.

  5. Out for a little stroll around Folkestone on Sunday with my fiancee and we both stopped abruptly on seeing Mr.Felix Messori in Cursley and Bond….. Fantastic ! I am sure that the shop has been very happy to have him enticing people in to see some more wonders inside…..But,having had a night or two to ponder,I had to return to buy him.He is going to have a little vacation in my Office until Christmas…..Its so difficult to keep him a secret from my beautiful lady….but I know that Felix will be the perfect surprise.I guess it is a little sad to only have Felix,so in the coming months I had better get saving to bring a companion

    1. Hi Andy…that is such a great story…thank you so much for returning for him….it is great to know he is going somewhere where he will be loved…huge smile!

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