Sarah King is an interdisciplinary design researcher and the Materials Science technician at STEAMhouse. Her primary role is to support members across the various routes in areas such as materials development, surface design, print and product prototyping. She also co-runs the Materials Club and supports specific members in research projects related to new materials development. Previous roles include commercial print and product design across both fashion and accessories as well as commissioned freelance projects for brands such as David Koma, Braccialini and The Barbican Centre.
Sarah is particularly interested in the use of design as a tool to embed sustainability and equality within societies and cultures. Using materiality as the fundamental building block, she seeks to cultivate new ideas and common values, harnessing the power of shared knowledge by encouraging individuals from all background and disciplines to openly challenge the purpose of design, in order to better understand its potential to drive positive change.
In her own practice, she focuses on the use of natural systems and abundant materials, utilising their unique properties to develop products that can actively aid health and wellbeing, with a view to replenishing local ecosystems at their end of life, striving to co-create a closed loop system with nature.
Sarah is currently undertaking an MSc in Textiles Technology, Innovation and Design, having been traditionally trained in all areas of soft surface design at BA level.