Sarah Spackman

Designer, Maker, Thinker

Design & Creative

Education (College of Fine arts (COFA))(National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA))
Employer The Fortynine Studio
Location Sydney Australia
Website

Sarah is an object designer and maker based in Sydney, Australia. She is a founding member and director of collaborative design collective The Fortynine Studio.

Working primarily in metal and ceramics Sarah develops and produces functional and sometimes playful works for exhibition, commission and small-scale production. Drawing on her background in science and interest in natural materials, technical processes, craft and the hand-made her practice seeks to explore how design might respond to the Australian environment, culture and histories more directly in a considered and meaningful way.

Sarah’s work is driven by the concept of materials for purpose. Through the considered use of local resources she hopes to develop works whose materiality and form reflect the necessity of their function on both a practical and aesthetic level.

Sarah has collaborated regularly with other members of The Fortynine Studio as well as with The Other Hemisphere, Eastern Weft, Jardan and Province, among others. She also develops projects with artist and film maker Keaton Stewart.

She has exhibited individual and collaborative works in Sydney, Adelaide, Shanghai and Milan. Her work is stocked in Australia with retailers including the National Portrait Gallery, Object: Australian Design Centre, Funkis and Jardan as well as The Fortynine Studio online store.

You can see more of Sarah's work with The Fortynine Studio.

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Skills

  • Ceramics
  • Concept Development
  • Costume Design
  • Craft
  • Curating
  • Design
  • Exhibition Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Illustration
  • Jewellery Design
  • Production Design
  • Production Management
  • Textile Design
  • Visual Arts
  • Wooden Furniture
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Portfolio

👥 Recommendations

  • Arts 4
  • Costume Design 1
  • Creative & Art Direction 1

Employers

  • The Fortynine Studio
    Designer & Director
    2011 - Present

    The Fortynine Studio is a collaborative design studio whose members share a common ethos and foster an open and collaborative working environment for designing, thinking and making. The Studio creates work for exhibition, research, retail and commission and also develops self-initiated collaborative projects and exhibitions together.

  • Dinosaur Designs
    Silver Jeweller
    2012 - 2014

  • Stewart Brothers
    Co-producer / Art Director / Costume Designer
    2010 - 2012

    The Hoarders is a short film whereby fantasy meets reality in an imaginative world. Bringing to life the simple beauty and art of giving.

  • Das Superpaper
    Graphic Designer
    2011 - 2012

    Das Superpaper is the fresh face of the visual arts media in Australia. The look-book for the emerging & contemporary art world – accessible, free and national.

    It’s their art, their world, in their words.

    Published since December 2008 by Rococo Productions, the magazine looks to develop broader cultural dialogue within the visual arts and the wider arts community. Visually and editorially Das Superpaper's first concern is the clean, unfettered presentation of the works, world and words of the artists, curators and others involved with contemporary production.

  • Bazmark
    Assistant Costume Illustrator
    2011 - 2011

    Casual illustration assistant for the Costume Department on Great Gatsby

  • College of Fine Arts, University of New South Wales
    Project Assistant, Editor, Learning to Teach Online
    2010 - 2011

    The Learning to Teach Online project is a free professional development resource designed to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, to gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations.

  • Omnium Design Studio
    Design Intern
    2009 - 2009

    Omnium is a group of artists, designers, programmers, writers and academics from different countries who are working together to explore and research online collaborative communities.

    Profits from the Design Studio are used to fund research and a variety of outreach projects that aim to aid and assist developing communities through sustainable art and design projects. They encourage students, educators and professionals from all over the world to collaborate using socially aware and ethically responsive approaches.

  • Ambience Entertainment
    Assistant Art Director
    2009 - 2009

    Magical Tales, a preschool children's television series for Channel 9.

  • Ambience Entertainment
    Art Dept Assistant
    2008 - 2009

    Larry the Lawnmower, a preschool children's television series for Channel 7.

Education

  • College of Fine arts (COFA)
    Bachelor of Design
    2006 - 2009
  • National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA)
    Design for Film and Television
    2008 - 2008

Awards and Achievements

  • Highly Commended, Craft & Object Design Category, Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards


    2013
  • Winner, Best Achievement in Production Design, St Kilda Film Festival


    2013
  • Winner, Autodesk Award for Design on a Short Film, Australian Production Design Guild


    2013
  • Recipient, UNSW Professional Experience Program Scholarship

    Awarded to high achieving students to assist them in undertaking a design internship


    2009
  • Nominee, Object Gallery Design Now! Graduate Exhibition


    2009
  • Recipient, COFA • House of Jewellery Encouragement Award


    2007
  • Finalist, Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society Scholarship


    2007

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