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.
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….
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.
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 Jarmusch, the 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…
2013 – 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!
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
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 exhibition, Creative 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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