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BA (hons) in Textile Design. Mixed media artist and lover of all things creative.
Creativity is, and always has been, the driving force in Sophie's life. From an early age she would always swap the dolls and toys for a pen and notepad. Sophie never minded being left to her own devices while her parents needed to go shopping. With a colouring-in book to hand Sophie happily sat quietly either scribbling away or patiently filling in each tiny hole in the fabric of her red tights – the latter much to their frustration.
Sophie's creativity and passion for art led to an interest in fabrics, sewing and textiles. From here she applied to the top five universities for textiles. Following a number of interviews, she waited patiently hoping to receive an offer from Birmingham City University (BCU).
BCU had the course that stood out the most to her - with their endless resources and fabulous tutors. To Sophie's delight, BCU granted an unconditional offer which she accepted immediately. It was here that she found her feet in the textiles profession, where she developed the skills and techniques that would guide her on her own journey in mixed media.
Studying textiles soon led to developing a specialism in embroidery, during Sophie's third year she found herself trying new things, experimenting with new mediums and combining sewing with metal work. The completion of Sophie's final third year project was a great personal achievement, as it merited a space at the prestigious New Designers exhibition in London. Here are some of the fabrics and metals manipulated metal Sophie showcased at New Designers.
Since graduating, Sophie has won multiple awards for her work and showcased some of her favourite pieces at the National Eisteddfod Wales (the largest music and poetry festival in Europe). She has also collaborated with other artists and finished multiple commission pieces for clients in Australia and the UK.
Following Sophie's graduation, she decided to travel to Australia and Asia. During her travels, Sophie would seek out any opportunity to learn a different craft, she found herself learning the skill of Javanese Batik in Indonesia, weaving natural leaves with indigenous Australians, and observing silversmithing at a high-end jewellery factory in Bali.
During her travels, Sophie fell in love with Sydney and eventually settled in Surry Hills. Her creative journey has taught her how to manipulate materials, experiment, make mistakes and continue to push boundaries. Through endless hours of experimenting, she has developed distinctive techniques in different mediums which she now combines into various forms of art. Working from her art studio in Redfern, Sophie draws inspiration from her surroundings and will spend hours creating a single piece of art.
One of her favourite mediums at the moment is resin. Sophie will carefully select pigments to colour the resin before mixing each cup of colour and applying them to the art board. Various techniques will be applied to manipulate the resin and create different effects, leaving the finished piece a truly unique, one-of-a-kind masterpiece that can never be replicated. Some of the resin artwork will take weeks to complete as each layer must cure before the next is added.
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