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About


I think of myself as a textile designer, printer and craftswoman. My hand-printed contemporary textiles are informed and inspired by the seasonal colours of the North Devon and Exmoor landscape where I live and work. 

My starting point is always drawing. These drawings celebrate and capture the individual elements of nature, which when put together can re-create a fantastical garden or landscape within an interior space. 

I always look for quality in the fabrics I choose, how will they drape or feel against the skin? I am passionate about choosing materials for my textiles, that will be fit for purpose and have great longevity. I love linen and I made the decision in 2010 to only use unbleached linen in my work.

After using both natural and synthetic dyes for over 35 years, I believe that Low Impact Fibre Reactive dyes are the most environmentally sustainable textile dyes, and I now use these dyes for almost of my textile printing, onto both furnishings and scarves. Unlike other synthetic textile dyes Fibre Reactive Dyes contain no heavy metals or other known toxic substances, nor do they require harmful mordants or binders in order to bond permanently with the fibre. They have exceptionally high wash and light fastness, giving them great durability. Furthermore, most of the colours are classed by the EU as eco friendly. Some people think these dyes more sustainable than natural dyes and it is worth remembering that just because a plant is natural, it doesn't mean that it's environmentally sustainable as a dye, or non toxic.

My drawings and colour inspiration sketchbooks can be found on my blog Planet Sam

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Sam Pickard was born in Bath and studied printed Textile Design (B.A.hons) at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in 1985.
She spent one year in India studying block-printed textiles following a R.S.A. travel award  and gained an M.A. with distinction in Textile design from Bath Spa University in 2008. 

Her textiles have twice been shortlisted for the British Design Awards, have been sold in shops and galleries in Europe and USA, notably, Liberty, the Crafts Council shop at the V&A, the Scottish Gallery, The National Trust Artisan and Craft Collection, Nordstrum and Saks 5th Avenue. They have been regularly featured in national and International press, including Vogue, Elle Decoration, Country Living, Mix Future Interiors & Architectural Review.

Sam is a short course tutor at West Dean college & a member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen.