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 Sara expresses her creativity through graphic design and paper cutting.

24 February 2017

Designer Spotlight: Handmadely

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Graphic Designer and Paper Artist, Sara: ‘Creation to me is very meditative and a lovely way to spend the day.’

I'm Sara from Handmadely. I produce art prints, paper cuts and cards and I live on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland with my husband, two teenagers and a cat called Charlie (the baby of the family).

Samples of Handmadely Plant Prints

I took my degree in Silversmithing and Jewellery design, finally specialising in medal design and production. After graduating, I was very proud to get commissions from both The British Museum and The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. I was also asked to present a paper on my work at the British Art Medal Society's Annual Conference, which was held in Paris.

Handmadely workspace: ‘I wanted to get back into creative work but found it difficult to find flexible work hours.’

I started work as a graphic designer and found it was a career that I loved. After taking a break to have children, I found I wanted to get back into creative work but found it difficult to find flexible work hours - so I decided to make my own and Handmadely was born.

Handmadely Feather paper product

Handmadely packaging flatlay

I found the Made It community was invaluable when starting out - someone, somewhere had asked the very same question that I needed an answer to! It's also now continually reassuring to see other creative people going through the same experiences, especially when you are working from home.

Handmadely customised Love papercut: ‘I started off making anything and everything, but quickly decided to concentrate on what I knew best - graphic design and paper cutting.’

I started off making anything and everything, including bunting and soft toys (hence the name 'Handmadely' - made by hand) but although I enjoyed sewing, I quickly decided to concentrate on what I knew best - graphic design and paper cutting. The business name 'Handmadely' still stuck though. I'm stubborn like that.

Sara at work with her graphic designs and tools

Sara’s bright pink, yellow, and aqua echidna A4 print

‘Sea’ poster in timber hanger

I try to create artwork that I would like to use around my own home. My reasoning is that if I like it, odds are that someone else will, plus I've always got at least one customer - me!

Handmadely Monstera print design: ‘Inspiration is unpredictable!’

I always have a notebook close by. Inspiration is unpredictable! The best ideas come when I'm just waking up/drifting off, or I'm waiting in the car at school pick up. My notebooks contain scribbles, drawings, quotes, ripped pages from magazines - basically it's my brain in paper form.

A monochrome plant drawing in progress from Sara’s notebook

I have many ideas floating around at any one time but I find there will be one idea that will not leave me until I've done something about it.

An array of Handmadely artprints

Creation to me is very meditative - I can get lost in the process. It's a lovely way to spend the day.



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