Atrist's Statement

My art, maybe all art, is an exploration of the self. 

Creating art is how I make sense of the world. I address issues which are both personal and political, both local and global. This stems from my desire to understand what it might be like to be someone else, to tap into a universal compassion, and to breakdown barriers that hinder connection.

I choose to use textiles as my medium because textiles are intimately human and inherently familiar. We have created them for protection, for warmth, for survival, for decoration. Using textiles as an artistic medium underscores the common humanity in my subject matter in effort to subdue another human invention, the idea of "us" and "them."

I balance my often-weighty subject matter with the beauty of an unencumbered loose thread, the immediacy of the drawn line, the wash of watercolor or the simplicity of a running stitch. These bring me joy which I hope to share with my audience while we both explore the distance between us.


Born and raised in the farmlands of Illinois, Sara Rockinger’s  path has led her nearly around the globe.  After high School on a US Army base in Germany, her BA in International Relations took her to both Europe and Asia. Landing is Colorado, she began a rigorous independent study of fiber art and surface design through local resources.  Desiring total immersion, she earned her Master of Fine Arts degree in Fiber from Colorado State University.

Using her sewing machine as a drawing and sculptural tool has rewarded Rockinger with much  attention. Her work has been included in national and international exhibitions, including the Textile Museum in Washington D.C., and has been published in Fiber Arts Magazine and the books Freestyle Machine Embroidery by Carol Shin and Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra Stanton.

Rockinger attributes her passion for social justice issues, the dominant theme of her work, to her parents’ activism during her childhood and the Civil Rights Movement. In other words, she says, “I come by it naturally.”

Press & Resources 

Sara's work has been featured nationally and internationally, including
the Textile Museum in Washington DC.
Fox News, Phoenix, AZ
Fiber Arts Magazine, Surface Design Journal,  
Freestyle Machine Embroidery by Carol Shin and
Dimensional Cloth: Sculpture by Contemporary Textile Artists by Andra Stanton,,

Contact Me

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Feel free to drop me a line.

I love talking about art, and am happy to answer questions, share tips, and even sell you an original.


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