Sarah Saulson, Handweaver
Biography & Curriculum Vitae
I started weaving as a child in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and have pursued fiber arts as my full-time profession for more than two decades. For many years I sold my handwoven fashion accessories at juried craft shows, including ACC shows and retail craft shows in the northeast and mid-Atlantic.
I attended art school at Syracuse University and received an undergraduate degree in Anthropology from Wellesley College. This has fueled my interest in ethnic textiles and processes and has resulted in the privilege of working with and supporting contemporary weavers in Ghana and Guatemala.
Teaching in a variety of contexts has become an important part of my weaving life. In addition to working with adult learners throughout in many parts of the country and children in local schools, I teach weaving at Syracuse University. My students of all ages continue to energize and educate me.
Below see a clip from WCNY's Bridge Street: CNY Life where I appeared with two Montessori students.
From 2002-08 I served on the board of Weave A Real Peace, a networking organization to support third-world women craft artisans.
During May/June 2004 I went to Ghana where I taught dyeing and weaving in Bolgatanga and conducted a research project on craft cooperatives for SERRV International, a U.S. Fair Trade organization.
I have lived and worked in an old brick house in Syracuse, New York, since 1990, which I share with my husband and our cats. My studio is the third floor of our home, where I look out upon a glacial drumlin covered with stately, tall, old trees. Kayaking in Downeast Maine and wilderness areas of the Adirondacks is a passion I share with my husband.
- Eureka Crafts, Syracuse, New York
- 1994–Present. Dealer for Schacht Spindle Company.
- 2002–Present. Adjunct Professor of Weaving. Syracuse University School of Art, Fiber and Textile Arts program.
- 1988–Present. Professional Handweaver. Design and produce hand-dyed, hand-woven fabrics that are fabricated into wearable objects. Jury and curate fiber exhibits and craft shows including New York State Fair. Participate in juried retail craft shows and show my work in galleries and exhibits.
- 1991–Present. Workshop Leader. Teach workshops and lecture at weaving conferences and weavers' guilds. Teach intermediate weaving students privately.
- 2007–2012. Montessori School of Syracuse, Syracuse, New York
- 10/08–4/09. Van Duyn Elementary School, Syracuse, New York
- 9/4/2002. Solace Elementary School, Syracuse, New York
- 1/3/1999. Salem-Hyde Elementary School, Syracuse, New York
- 4/9/1996. Willow Field Elementary School, Liverpool, New York
- 1990–1996. Syracuse University, School of Art and Design. Part-time student.
- 1998, 1991. Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Workshops with Lia Cook, Jack Lenor Larsen.
- 1976. Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. B.A. with Honors. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa.
- 2012 “Dream Weavers,” Group Show, Edgewood Gallery, featuring work from Relics of the 20th Century series.
- 2012 “HiFi D2,” Group Show, Cazenovia College Art Gallery.
- 2011 “For the Love of Fiber,” 65th Aniversary Exhibit by the Weavers Guild of Rochester. I served as Special Awards Juror, and the exhibit featured a retrospective of my work.
- 2010 “Contemporary Interpretation of Japanese Arts,” Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts.
- 2009 Syracuse University School of Art Faculty Show.
- 2007 Syracuse University School of Art Faculty Show.
- 2002 “Weaving Metaphors,” three-person invitational fiber show, Rome Art Center, Rome, New York.
- 2000 “Woven Wings,” one-person installation sponsored by Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- 1998 “Windows into Weaving,” Museum of American Handweaving, Clayton, New York. Work supported with a Special Opportunities Stipend from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
- 1999 “Craft Artists of Onondaga County,” Artist’s Showcase at the Civic Center, Cultural Resources Council.
- 1999 “Made In New York: Fine Crafts by New York Artists,” Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York.
- 1998 “Made In New York: Fine Crafts by New York Artists,” Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown, New York.
- 1997 “New York State Contemporary Crafts,” New York State Museum, Albany, New York.
- 1996 “It's A Wrap,” Point of View Gallery, Williamsville, New York.
- 1995 “Pushing the Limits: Contemporary Weaving,” National invitational show, Kirkland Art Center, Clinton, New York. Co-curator.
Selected Juried Craft Shows
- 1988–1990 A.C.E./West Springfield Craft Fair, West Springfield, Massachusetts.
- 1996, 1998, 1999 Berkshire Craft Show, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
- 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004 Crafts Park Avenue, New York, NY
- 1995–2006 Paradise City Arts Festival, Northampton, Massachusetts
- 1999—2007 Contributing Editor to Handwoven Magazine. Author of “Now We Are Eight” column. Designed and wove projects and wrote accompanying articles.
- 2004 Included in Design Book Seven, Lark Books.
- 1992 Weaving illustration, Mosaic Magazine (Official publication of the National Science Foundation).
- 1991 Original designs in A Weaver's Book of 8-Shaft Patterns, Interweave Press.
- 1990 “At the Window,” Handwoven Magazine.
- 1988 “Terrific Table Toppers,” Handwoven Magazine.
Presentations (Invited Speaker and/or Workshop Leader)
- Peter’s Valley Craft Center
- Convergence 2004 & 2006
- New England Weavers Seminar
- Rhode Island Weavers Guild
- Boulder Weaver's Guild
- Evening Weaver's Guild of Boulder
- Denver Weaver's Guild
- Foothills Weavers Guild (NY)
- Museum of American Handweaving (NY)
- Black Sheep Weavers Guild (MI)
- Weavers Guild of New York City
- Chimneyville Handweavers (MS)
- New Orleans Weavers Guild
- Bayou Yarn Benders (LA)
- Weavers Guild of Acadiana (LA)
- Greater Lansing Weavers Guild (MI)
- Weavers Guild of Midland (MI)
- Rochester (NY) Weavers Guild
- Weavers Guild of Boston
- School of Architecture, Syracuse University
- Michigan League of Handweavers
- Ann Arbor Fiber Arts Guild (MI)
- Connecticut Handweavers Guild
- Eastern Great Lakes Fiber Conference
- Pioneer Valley Weavers‘ Guild (MA)
- Weavers Guild of Orlando
- Weavers of Philadelphia
- Triangle Weavers Guild (NC)
- Colorado Weavers Day
- Francis Irwin Weavers Guild (NJ)