Contestants | Sarah Hanna

Contestant: May



Sarah Hanna is a self-taught artist, independent seamstress, and fashion designer native to Buffalo’s West Side and Niagara Street. Sewing since age seven, their machine acts an extension of self. A third and fourth arm. Creating under byname Chew Toy, they are inspired by the lasting parts of our community. Sarah muses over old factories on the water, rusted structures, childhood toys and trash found in the street. Their work is in tune with nostalgia’s essences and feeling comfort, creating things that seem familiar. Organic forms so near they may have always existed. Sarah has chosen clothing as their primary medium considering its outreach. All people identify and express with clothing every day. Chew Toy goes beyond the art world, and into the streets. Into the community, inspiring those not necessarily looking for art. Creating shelter for bodies without an age barrier.