SARAH COOPER : Production Designer, Creative, Artist.
Sarah’s body of work is diverse,international and memorable. She has an eye for the beautiful and quirky, and a strong visual aesthetic across commercial film work, commercial stills, installations and events. As a designer, her sets have included photographic fashion campaigns [Danish label Jack & Jones with Sebastian Kim], advertising [NZ Breast Cancer Campaign with Steve Boniface which won the Gold Award at the NZ Design Awards 2018], multiple TVC’s, [Whittakers campaign for which she was nominated for an Art Direction award at AXIS NZ 2019] and high-end retail installations (producing main street windows for Harvey Nichols, London). She has also designed numerous live events including an elaborate wedding set within a vintage circus tent.
Her Production Design on ‘I will not write unless I am swaddled in Furs’ a short film directed by Wade Shotter gained international recognition receiving the Award of Distinction for Production Design at the Southern Shorts festival,USA 2018, and the Platinum winner for Production Design at the International Film Awards,Los Angeles 2018. The film also won the award for Best Adaptation at Discover Films, in London UK 2018.
Her artistic practise was borne out of fine art – an Honours degree in Sculpture Installation and Printmaking, at the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.She continued an international practise – first with an art scholarship to New York City and then a year-long residency in Florence, Italy.
Post-studies, she remained in Europe and based herself in London, working across art, fashion, film and advertising. During this period, she worked on feature films,commercials,music videos and live events such as the MTV music awards in Milan.
Sarah is now New Zealand-based, in Auckland, and she collaborates with directors, photographers, and with clients directly.