“As a kid, I would never draw people or things. It was always patterns. I even had a small weaving exhibited in a student show at the local museum, so I haven’t strayed far,” says Tulsa, Oklahoma, native Sarah Sullivan. Though she started college studying graphic design at University of Kansas, she quickly realized sitting in front of a computer just wasn’t her jam. So she turned to fabric designs instead and decided to get back into weaving—you know, just for fun.
After graduation, she spent a year in France, nannying while soaking up all the art she could. “I would just go to every single decorative arts museum I could find. I even snuck into design libraries that I definitely was not supposed to be in,” she remembers. When her sojourn ended, she moved home and, in 2016, dove headfirst into weaving her collection, called Sullystring, which includes stunning, symbol-sprinkled pillows, placemats, and wall hangings. “I didn’t really start taking it seriously until about two years ago. I think it’s always really hard to start saying ‘I’m an artist,’” she explains. We’ll go ahead and say it for her: Sarah Sullivan is quite the artist.