Musings of a Textile Girl



Paintings can be purchased from my Etsy shop.



September 2020

So the long Covid-19 summer has pased and i enjoyed sketching and painting my home enviroment as i normally opt to paint outside.

Just like a lot of people, i got back out into the garden and foid my love of growing things again.

Ive especially enjoyed growing veggies, and of course when the are ripe and ready to pick. sketching and painting them too.

now the Uk is stating the long road back to normality, so life is beging to get back to how it was.

As i have no exhibitions planned this year, work is avalable to purchase on line.

so now im back off to my home studio to paint some homegrown beetroots. 

March 2020

Just like lot of other people the UK, i am hidden away in my home, trying to escape the

Corona virus and Covid-19.

This is a worry for me not only because of how awful it all is but also because it is becoming increasingly likely that my exhibition on 25th April -7th May  will have to be canciled

Ive worked all year on it and if you know anything about me, i put my heart and soul in to everything i im quite gutted.


It got me thinking how i can have an online exhibition, how can people appriciate my exhibition and hopefully buy a painting.


Keep your eyes pealed for how tis is going to work and let me know if you'd like to purchase any pieces.

Keep safe

Sarah xx

December 2019

Its been a simply wonderful year.

With workshops at the studio, exhibitions, work at the Darlington Hippodrome etc.

And, Ive been out drawing and painting as much as possible.


And now its December, 2020 is set to be just as awesome!

I have an exhibition at the Richmond Station - Saturday 24th April - Thursday 7th May, on the platform.


January 2019

As 2019 dawn, i'm working full steam ahead on two exhibitions that i have in the early part of the year.

The first is at The Platform Gallery, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

It opens on 26th January - 30th March 2019


The 2nd is at The Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire.

It opems 22nd Febrary - 7th March 2019

Further exhibitions in 2019 will be announced soon.


I recently had the pleasure of working on a commission for a leaving gift for someone at the Darlingtom Hippodrome.

One of my  paintings already hangs at the Darlington Hippodrome and was asked to do a 2nd as the lady liked it so much.

Instead of painting on Linen canvas, I chose some really lovely recycled linen pulp paper that sucks up the paint so deliciously.

Once the paint is fully dry, i then embelish on it with pen and ink, followed by some absolutly gorgious vintage sweedish linen thread.


August 2018

The joy of a long summer ahead of me is thrilling.

I plan on painting, sketching and getting out as much as possible.

So the 1st August i hoped and high footed it over to Saltburn, sat the whole day painting seascapes and feeling at one with the world.

Happiness indead!

Feb 2018

My First exhibition this year is heald on The Platform, Richmond Station, Richmond, North Yorkshire.


I have a love and passion of the North Yorkshire coastline and countryside.

It's my go to place to fill my heart with calm and joy.

After spending my teenage years living in the Yorkshire Dales, having insperation to paint and draw right on my door step and that has always stayed with me.

Oftain to be found at the North Yorkhire coast at saltburn or on the North Yorksire hill with a sketchbook, paint palet and camara.




December 2016

December brought my micro exhibition & residency with Navigator North at a fabulous pop up shop in Darlington.

It has been such a full on, hectic December but i wouldnt have missed it for the world.

The suport of such a super organization as Navigator North has been great. They orgaized a pop up shop venue with in the centre of Darlington's shopping precinct, with folk passing by, popping in to chat and buying artwork as christmas gifts for their loved ones.

Now for a well earned few weeks off to relax and recouperate with my family. And, then the new year can begin, workshops will resume and i start a very exciting new costume job.

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year to you all.


November 2016

Novemeber was a busy month. With the workshops coming to a close, planing for a micro pop up exhibition & residency and costume work for Enchanted Parks 2016 in Newcastle.

The costumes were a wonderful opportunity, the brief was for Midsummer Nights Dream esk inspired play based in a park in Newcasle. These plays have taken place for a number of years and it was such an plesure to be involved.

All the costumes were made from wool (to keep the actors warm and repel the possibility of inclemant weather.)

The Ruffs were all hand made felt, each leaf sewn in to and lovingly placed around the neck.

It is as always such a plesure to be the costume girl on such wonderful productions.

October 2016


I am now settled I my new studio on Parkgate and work om my next exhibitiom is well umder way.

After what was a fabulous Festival Of Thrift at KIrkleatham Hall, Redcar, the new term begun and its fabulous that all the course places are now taken.

After having a list of names on a waiting list, i decided to ad another patchwork session, this time on a friday.


August 2016


The New Studio and Shop.

It has been all go with moving out of my Lingfirld Point studio to the new studio at

99 Parkgate Chambers,




We have spent the past week taking out the awful internal fixtures and replacing and decorating with lovely new fixtures and a clean fresh look.

The studio now looks warm and inviting and it will be a wonderful place to work as a Textile artist and tutor.

Sarah Oatley - Artist - Gouach, Line & Wash

After attending art College for 6 years,

many years ago training in Graphic Design

& Textile Art.

I have continued to work in much the same

relaxed style ever since and for more than

25 years i have I drawn with stitches to be seen.


I live lightly in County Durham with my

husband, two children, my three kitty cats

and our tortoise.

I have a passion for anything vintage,
sketching, the Northeast coastline,

coffee...and of course cake.


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