Sally England's work explores the ancient art form of macramé (a knot-based form of textile construction) through the use of unconventional scale, material, and composition. Using her hands as tools, her process is intimate and meditative as she interprets different archetypal symbols, patterns, and shapes. The results are tactile and magnetizing tapestries that invite us to reconsider the artistic potential of the age-old technique. She is inspired by the wabi-sabi of nature, the transformative qualities of architecture and interiors, and the bold shapes and flow of 1970's graphic art.
Born in 1979 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Sally England has her BA in Communication Arts from Grand Valley State University, and attended PNCA's Applied Craft & Design MFA program in 2010. It was during graduate school that she was inspired to explore a new form of macramé for who we are today. Her ensuing large-scale modern macramé work using thick white rope became a catalyst for a revival of the craft, inspiring many to learn (or re-learn) the art of knotting. England lives and works in Ojai, California, and continues to let her art practice evolve while creating custom commissioned work for commercial clients and individual collectors. England's fiber-based installations and wall hangings have been presented in exhibitions and environments in the U.S and abroad, as well as in numerous online and print journals. Past and current clients and collaborators include ACE Hotels, Nike, Tommy Hilfiger, Derek Lam, Roman & Williams, Fawn Galli Interiors, Instagram, Anthropologie, and more.