Sarah Carson


“Whitecliffe taught me a new way of thinking - of how to take an idea and develop it from concept to exhibit, not stopping at the obvious result. I learned how to think conceptually and communicate effectively,” says BFA graduate Sarah Carson.

Sarah and fellow Whitecliffe graduate Loren Marks have set up a design and manufacturing textiles business, Penney + Bennett.

“We design and manufacture textiles for the home and are now expanding into larger scale production and exporting internationally.” 

Whitecliffe encourages self-discipline in students; an attribute that Sarah has found integral to running her own business.

“Self-discipline came through self-directed learning and was also very beneficial to my practice because through it I learned how to research and gather information and go out into the community to work with various individuals.”

She praises the encouragement and support she received at Whitecliffe and, in regard to the compulsory Year Three internship, says “I found that really helpful for finding the areas I was most interested in and the path I wanted to take. My internship helped me set up relationships with people I still continue to work with today.” 

Sarah Carson