About Sarah Walker ArtShades
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 pieces for your home that make you happy, would rather choose something special that brings you joy for years to come and you appreciate British craftsmanship, then I can help.
All the lampshades you see on my website are designed and made by me. Most are true one-offs, others I have replicated when a customer has ordered a shade that has already sold.
I’ve been making artisan 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 appliqué designs are stitched on my sewing machine and hand cut from paper, giving lovely surface textures and clean edges to the shapes. All my handprinted designs are made from my own orignal linocuts, I mix the inks for each individual shade and print it myself so every one is different.
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. I’m known for my personal service and attention to detail.
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. These are often commissioned as personalised presents.
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 and exhibit with them at the RHS Malvern Spring Festival in May and the Malvern Autumn Show in September. 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 (see right) 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.