About Sarah Walker ArtShades
Lampshades are often considered to be rather boring, necessary to cover the glare of a bare bulb, but a mere afterthought when re-decorating. I’ve seen an awful lot of very dull lampshades adding nothing to the ambience of a room.
If you believe a well-chosen lampshade is as important to a room as a statement rug, an original painting or a beautiful piece of furniture then you’ve come to the right place. If you love to seek out unusual items for your home that make you happy, appreciate the handmade and think the atmosphere of a room is as significant as its visual appeal, then I can help.
I’ve been making lampshades from appliquéd papers since 1999. I started out making half shades – a shape that was very hard to find despite its immense practicality. Inspired by the play of light and depth of colour in stained glass windows, I used the technique of reverse appliqué (most familiar to quilt makers) to recreate the effect in colourful plant-fibre papers.
I continue to specialise in half-shades for table lamps and wall lights, but also make full drum shades for table lamps, ceiling pendants and floor lamps. All my designs are stitched on my sewing machine and hand cut from paper, giving lovely surface textures and clean edges to the shapes.
My shades can be custom-made to order in colours and designs to suit you but be warned, once you own one you may struggle to resist the temptation to return each time you decorate another room! If you’d like to discuss a commission please feel free to email me.
Since 2008 I’ve also made shades from reclaimed vintage Ordnance Survey maps, those with lovely soft period colours. I appliqué over the folds and hand roll the edges, to ensure a quality finish.
All the shades are made by me in my loft studio at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Worcestershire. I take inspiration from colours and shapes in my hillside garden and daily dog walks on the hills and commons. I love finding new colour combinations to try and new shapes to stitch.
I’m a member of the Worcestershire Guild – Contemporary Craft (formerly the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen) and exhibit with them at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May each year. I also take part in h.Art – Herefordshire Art Week every September.
To see behind the scenes of my studio, including my current inspiration and ideas, visit my blog, to find out where you can see me and/or my work in real life see Events. Alternatively subscribe to my e-newsletter below for updates straight into your inbox.
The lampshade has arrived this am. Attached is a photo with the base, which looks superb. Many thanks for your help. We shall show it off to all our friends.AG, Notts