is an interdisciplinary and socially-engaged artist whose creative practice spans sculpture and digital media, participatory performance and interactive installation, experimental storytelling, and curatorial practice. Sarah holds a Master’s in Arts Administration & Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Film & Visual Culture from the University of California Riverside. Her solo and collaborative work have been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, California Museum of Photography, BoldPas, CalArts, and in numerous site-specific and non-traditional contexts.
became inspired to learn to weave after an influential trip to Peru in 2010. Once she returned home, she learned weaving was deep in her roots, as her grandmother had been a weaver herself. She also recently discovered her German ancestors had apprenticed with linen weavers once immigrating to the US in the 1700s, cementing that weaving is truly in her blood. Within a few years, Summer took part in a self-guided textile residency in the remote, cavernous village of İbrahimpaşa in Cappadocia, Turkey. There, within her ancient stone home and studio, she experimented with weaving jewelry pieces and hand-dyeing fabric, which she shared with the village women to use as headscarves. She fell in love with the lunar landscape of the region and simple village life. She returned to Brooklyn ready to create a studio practice at home, and LESH was born. LESH, named after her aforementioned grandmother's maiden name, is a line of hand-woven jewelry that blends traditional hand-weaving techniques with modern design. Combining unique color palettes and patterns, each piece is one-of-a-kind and uses cotton fibers, thread made from 100% recycled bottles, and hand-dyed cording.