Putting Pen to Paper with Sarah Annand of OAT Studio
Our Putting Pen To Paper series, features different individuals & showcases what they use their favourite notebook for. It could be for to-do lists, sketching, design, song writing, illustrations, notes, daily gratitudes & everything in between.
This month we went inside the notebook of Sarah Annand, the founder of design studio OAT Studio. Sarah’s creative process incorporates photography, sketching and painting; using these works to produce textile designs.
I am an artist and textile designer. OAT Studio launched at the end of 2019 and since then I have been working with photography and painting to create textiles for interiors. I am also a mum of three 6yrs and under, so it all keeps me pretty busy. In the studio I primarily work with acrylic paint on paper and take these pieces digital, & explore repeat patterns for linens, commercial fabrics and the newly launched wallcoverings.
Plain or Lined Paper?I am an avid list writer and constantly jotting down to do lists and ideas yet I would say plain paper; this is what I reach for in the studio for sketching patterns and painting compositions; Most of my lists end up between the pages here too.
When do you put pen to paper?
Coffee and lists are how I usually start my day. I use my diary as a bit of a to do list along with appointments, so have notes everywhere. I like to go over the scribbles and rewrite a clear check list for the day ahead which helps to keep my mind uncluttered. In the studio my designs start with pencil sketches; some are planned and thought out and others I like to be free and quick. I use both of these techniques when putting pen to paper to help bring together patterns and new painting compositions.
What inspired the Pen to Paper in your images?
The images are a snapshot of what happens in the studio. I have just released a new collection of fabrics and wallpapers, so am in the process of starting some new design concepts, which is really fun and exciting. The business side of things is a large part of my day – I work with a combination of written lists and use the computer for general admin and digital pattern work and then turn to my sketchbooks to begin the design process which ends up on both canvas and textiles.
What does journaling look like to you?
Journaling allows me the space to think and pull both my artwork ideas and daily life into focus. I am quite free in general with my sketches and notes but regroup on written lists daily to keep on top of the to do’s with both work and family, this helps to make sure I can also find time for doing what I love with my art.