Artist - Sarah Nolan
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Sarah Nolan is the Singular artist who paints with objects. Her bold geometrics and playful social statement pieces are created by using a variety of found objects to stamp designs onto the silk, and she'll use whatever she finds that is interesting– from heating grates, to old necklace chains and yoga mats to decommissioned gun barrels– adding a whimsical narrative to her work. Here she departs from her signature bold colors to create a symmetrical design in eggplant, white and sienna that matches the gorgeous oversized plaid silk of the lining for a knock out effect. Plus, as most Singular coats are reversible including this one, simply remove the inner labels and wear the plaid on the outside for a totally different look!
Pale apricot Shantung silk shell with apricot, white, tan and eggplant plaid liningAbout Sarah Nolan
I was born in Mississippi and had a childhood that included eating fried chicken (yum!), fishing for bass and swinging on wisteria vines.
I moved to NYC after college and began a different life working in tall gray buildings, wearing gray/blue/black clothes and getting an MBA at night at NYU. I spent endless hours at a top consulting firm restructuring really big companies.
The next phase of my career began as a corporate innovator/rejuvenator and CEO and restructured two large financial subsidiaries and three very small internet companies. Then I stopped and became a consultant for non profit organizations.
One day, pneumonia caught me and I thought I would die. When I got better I began to paint seven days a week to learn how to make art. I learned to paint on non-traditional fabrics with objects in addition to paintbrushes and to stitch and embroider paintings. I went to India to learn blockprinting and learned to paint on clothing.
While living in NYC, prior to attending a ladies' luncheon, I decided I was tired of wearing traditional dull-colored suits and made a brightly painted gold silk coat to wear. (See "Faberge" in our pictures.) Other attendees wanted to know where they could get one. Singular Couture was born.
I love painting original pieces of clothing. Now I have the additional fun of finding talented artists to add to our roster of artists who paint pieces for Singular Couture.