Sarah Burns is a designer, maker and printer, printing mostly in her garage. Her prints are collaborations between people, place and pattern.
Previous work includes the World Map of Patterns, which draws on the pattern histories of different peoples and places, indigo dyeing projects with schools, patterns commissioned for places – including Elephant & Castle – and a range of other places.
Sarah believes that patterns are deep and powerful and contain a resonance and imagination, which have the potential to re-imagine the world around us. Her work is about helping communities and neighbourhoods tap into their distinctive patterns and develop their pattern-making skills.
She has worked in schools, health centres and widely across the public sector, with patients, children and consumers to transform the services they use by mobilising their skills, talents, time and creativity. She set up the first time bank in a health centre, the famous and award-winning Rushey Green Time Bank, and co-founded the London Time Bank network. She was head of the co-production team at the New Economics Foundation from 2001 to 2006.