"Inspiration exists but it has to find us working"
Sarah Bracken Soper is an artist, designer, educator and activist based in Dublin, Ireland. She has a degree in fine art and a professional masters degree in art and design education from the National College of Art and Design.
She is a graphic design lecturer at Dublin Institute of Design and has taught art and design at post-primary level, with community groups, children and with those with additional learning needs.
In her art practice Sarah works in embroidery, print, animation, street art, zines and installations. Projects include Letterbox Dublin, an interactive street art project featured on Sky Atlantic show Urban Secrets with Alan Cummings. The project is also featured in guide book Secret Dublin and letters from the project were exhibited on billboards around Dublin city and at Science Gallery Dublin. Sarah has produced stop motion animations commissioned by clients such The Ark, children's art centre. Her latest animaton won Best Animated Short at L-Dub Film Festival 2019 in Florida, USA. Sarah's uses project Rad Totes & Pins to fundraise for causes she believes in such as Together for Yes and the World Wildlife Fund. In 2018/19 she was selected to exhibit at the National Gallery of Ireland, as part of the Zurich Portrait Prize.
Sarah ran Rosie's Rags, a small business selling embroidery kits to craft lovers around the world. She sold kits to 26 countries worldwide and racked up over a thousand sales before wrapping up to spend more time on other projects. During that time Sarah regularly wrote embroidery tutorials for UK's Sew Magazine and US magazine Craft Ideas.
Sarah has been publishing zines and artist books since 2006 under the name Baby BEEF and has exhibited her work at publishing events locally and internationally. Her zines and artist books are archived in the National Irish Visual Arts Library in the National College of Art and Design. In 2011 Sarah founded the Dublin Zine Fair, an annual event that aimed to support, promote and celebrate independent DIY publishing. The fair ran successfully for 5 years.
Before returning to college to complete her masters degree Sarah worked as an artistic events coordinator. She held the post of venue coordinator at Centre for Creative Practices for two years and was artistic director of the Ranelagh Arts Centre for one year, she was also publications intern at Visual Artists Ireland.
She lives in a creative and colourful home in Dublin with her husband, musician Wayne Soper, their son and two cats!