Sarah Hemstock was born in the Nottinghamshire mining Town of Kirkby-in-Ashfield. Her early education centered on the sciences, gaining an honours degree and PhD in Biology from Kings College London. It was during this time that Sarah met sculptor Brian Wiltshire, a chance encounter which further encouraged her interest in wood carving and sculpture, an effortless progression from studying nature to working with natural materials. A major influence in Sarah’s work has been her ongoing development work, with NGO’s in India, Peru, Fiji, Samoa, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Vanuatu and Sub-Saharan Africa. Her NGO work has always dealt with communities, promoting sustainable development and has involved projects as diverse as rehabilitating Inca agricultural systems – terracing and irrigation to making diesel from coconut oil in the South Pacific. Sustainable development work intrinsically involves working with natural renewable resources such as wood and other biomass and forms a basis for her interest in natural sculptural materials and forms.