Dream Catchers: Sarah Holden

by Mary Shipp Bartlett

Scripps allowed Sarah Holden to see how she could pursue a career both meaningful and joyful.

While interning at the Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, researching the Young Collection, then later the Japanese prints collection, she said, “I learned as much, if not more, in this position about finding hard-to-locate sources than in my class experience.”

Sewing was another passion. Through a theater production and costume class at Pomona, she was able to combine her interests in art, design, literature, and history.

Susan Rankaitis, the Fletcher Jones Professor in Studio Art at Scripps, encouraged Sarah to further develop her interests in art, design, and fashion.

This culminated in her senior project, which explores the use of architectural space and fibers (shown above in the Williamson Gallery as part of the Senior Art Show).

Sarah plans to pursue a master’s degree in costume design and ultimately become a freelance designer or theater costume manager.

Her advice to entering Scripps students is to be flexible the first and second years and stay open to new experiences and surprises that Scripps has to offer. It worked for her.