Sarah Hall Baqai (1965) grew up in North Yorkshire.
After completing an art foundation course at Harrogate College of Art she undertook an honours degree course at the London College of Printing, graduating in 1989.
Following a period of work in Andalucia, Spain in the early 1990's she began experimenting with papier mache and sculptural forms inspired by the various fiestas held throughout the year in different parts of the country. Since then, paper, wire, found objects and other things together with popular folklore and a desire to make you smile at the familiar or ordinary made different have been central to her work.
The intervening years in Shoreditch, Amsterdam and travel to far off places incorporating fiestas, theatre and festivals along the way have continued to inspire and inform her work.
Since moving back to Yorkshire in 2010 she has added another facet to her work having been excited by the possibility of building large ephemeral pieces relatively quickly from willow which can also be lit from inside.
This is a particular area of interest as it has great atmospheric qualities which work well in an evening outdoor event setting which she is currently exploring.
Her work has been commissioned by both private and commercial clients in a wide variety of contexts and has been exhibited in UK, France, The Netherlands and USA