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ABOUT SARAH LOCK LIGHTING



Born out of a need to make use of some very large pieces of waste timber from a furniture making business, I have been making table lamps on a lathe in one corner of a triangular workshop in Brighton for quite some time. Today I still make use of waste timber such as oak and walnut and if I am lucky sometimes cherry, but most of my lamps are turned out of lime wood which has a grain which makes it suitable for sophisticated turning and allows me to finish it to a very fine finish ready for painting.

I turn them on an old Union Lathe, the idea to paint them while they are still on the lathe suggested stripes and a delight and joy with colour followed and has developed over the years to a very sophisticated level, as can be seen in the very fine stripes on my recent lamps. Eventually I felt the need to turn the lathe off and paint vertical stripes, which was very peace-full! Shapes change and evolve through the search for harmonious forms and though designs are repeated many times, each lamp will ultimately be unique in form and colour. The height of the lamps ranges from 40-60cm and are taller with shades.


To finish the lamp, it is wired with a silk covered retro flex in various colours to complement the lamp.
And fitted with a good quality nickel coated 'safer-switch' switched lamp-holder. The lamps conform to BS EN 60598-2-4 and have been assessed as meeting this standard by the lighting association.




INSPIRATION



Sympathetic to the advice William Morris gave us not to have anything in our homes which is neither useful or beautiful, I hope that my lamps fulfil both categories and don't contribute to any excess of clutter in our homes.

Homes need lamps, they most definitely do, what home in the gloom of winter can't be improved by the addition of a warm glow from a lamp, what bedroom can't be improved by a pair of beautiful bedside lights, giving out intimate soft pools of light. As is often the case when one gets interested in a particular subject you start to see them everywhere. Part of my ongoing inspiration comes from lamp spotting in the films that I see, invariably they are chosen for their distinctiveness and evoke a variety of eras and fashions, film going provides a continuous parade of interesting styles of lighting, they must form an important part in lighting and dressing a scene and I recommend starting to notice the variety of lamps that can be seen in a single film.




LAMPSHADES



I aspire to make distinctive lamps with a unique presence that will endure, my wish to evoke some of the styles I have been inspired by such as in vintage lighting, led me into making my own lampshades for my table lamps, they range from simple linen shades in classic proportions to unique shades made from vintage silk scarves, typically I love to use the Jacqmar scarves from the 50s, 60s and 70s. The colours and painterly style of these scarves look fabulous when lit by the light from the lamp.

I have also been making lampshades using redundant ordnance survey maps, these are wonderfully nostalgic and generate much interest as they typically show places before motorways with the subdued colours and detail many people love to see on a map.

My painted lamps generally suit a plain linen shade, the colourful silk shades and the map shades tend to complement the plainer oak or walnut lamp bases, though having said that sometimes there is a wonderful marriage between colourful shade and colourful base!

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