About

wb-me&vineyardSara Woodburn is a visual artist who made her first prints (drypoint and woodcut) in high school in Long Beach, California. She went on to study textile, graphic, and costume design at the University of California, Davis and yuzen, a kimono dyeing process, in Tokyo, Japan. She started a textile design business (Sara McCook Textiles) in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1980 and later moved it to Santa Fe, New Mexico when she and her husband relocated there. In New Mexico, Sara was a visiting artist in the schools for several years spending time in many communities throughout the state sharing her art form with children and adults.

After earning an elementary teaching credential in 1992, Sara taught students in Santa Fe, NM and Santa Barbara, CA. Her passion was sharing her devotion to art and local ecology with students. Beginning in 2006, Sara returned to printmaking through Santa Barbara City College programs, studying with expert teachers: Hari Orme, Sara Norquay, Elaine LeVasseur, and Siu Zimmerman.

In 2011, Sara began to concentrate only on the technique of woodcut, producing five new limited edition works on an etching press in her home studio. Her work has been exhibited locally in juried shows and she is a member of the Santa Barbara Printmakers Association. Sara has been awarded scholarships to attend the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO in September 2012  to work with mokuhanga (Japanese woodblock print) artist, Hiroki Morinoue of Hawaii and in September 2016 with reduction woodcut artist Jean Gumpper.

One Response to About

  1. Margaret Matson says:

    Hi Sara,
    Thank you so much for leaving the ‘Mesa Artists’ flyer at my gate and marking your name. I am
    so enjoying looking at your website and seeing your beautiful wood cuts, and learning about
    you and seeing that we are neighbors!

    We share some backgrounds in textiles and theater design (and Anderson Ranch !), and
    as a student at the University of Oregon I was riveted by a permanent display in the Asian Museum that demonstrated the process of a reduction woodblock print from Japan. It is such a beautiful
    process of “leavings” ….

    I cannot place if we have met before? I hope that I can lure you over for tea in my little
    garden soon while we have these beautiful Autumn days. That would be such a delight.
    If you have time before your busy weekend of the tour, we can make a plan!

    Best to you,
    Margaret (Matson)
    569 9840

    And of wood, my brother Tom Long has Soboba Wood Company on Anacapa, near
    Cabrillo. I wonder if you have gotten wood there?

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