Sarah Dressler, originally from the Philadelphia area, graduated from The University of the Arts with a BFA in Crafts/Metals. Her focus in college was largely on jewelry and no matter what medium she is working in she continues to work on a jewelers scale to this day. She discovered art dolls in 2001 and fell in love with the infinite variety of materials and styles that can be incorporated into these small sculptures. Sarah does not feel tied to the classical human form and delights in drawing new patterns for her dolls creating new silhouettes and playing with proportions; creating characters and new anthropomorphic creatures. Not content with the generic doll stand she has recently been creating small worlds for her dolls to inhabit, adding layers to the dolls personality.
Since art school she has worked in variety of mediums and in a variety of styles. When her children were young she was active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, where she was given the highest possible awards for her contributions to the scribal arts. It was within the SCA that she rediscovered the art of calligraphy. Sarah has been demonstrating the art of calligraphy and illumination as a featured artist at the Medieval Festival and the Sacred Arts Festivals at the Glen Cairn Museum, in Bryn Athyn, PA since 2009.
She has been published in Renaissance Magazine, as well as several issues of Art Doll Quarterly.
Sarah's art dolls have been in several group shows at the Newark Arts Alliance, The Hudson Contemporary (AKA the Gibby), and The Dover Art League.
Teaching art in some capacity has been a part of her life since she was a camp counselor in her teens. Within the SCA she teaches workshops on calligraphy, and aspects of medieval illumination techniques. She has been teaching Mixed Media classes for children and teens at The Art Studio, in Newport, DE since 2008.
Something you may not know about Sarah...
Most exotic place you've visited?
Egypt & Jordan & Israel. My brother and I visited the the Middle East in 1992. We got to visit local markets as well as the big tourist sights: In Egypt we visited the pyramids at Giza, The Valley of Kings (the location of King Tut’s tomb) the Cairo museum with the King Tut exhibit, I even got to steer a tour boat on the Nile river for a few minutes. In Jordan we visited Petra – the horseback ride through the canyon is every bit as beautiful as movies make it look, the "Treasury" facade carved into the face of the canyon wall is stunning but the inside is nothing like it seems in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade; and we got to swim in the Dead Sea. In Israel we spent time in Gaza as well as Jerusalem. While in Jerusalem I got to vote in the Presidential Election at the American Consulate, afterwards while we had lunch in a small local café and engaged in conversation with the owners and ended up having dinner in their home with their extended family.