"Inspiration exists but it has to find us working"
Sarah Bracken Soper is an artist, designer and educator 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 lecturer in graphic design at Dublin Institute of Design. Sarah has taught art and design at primary, post-primary and third level and has extensive experience working in community groups with all ages and with those with additional learning needs.
In her art practice Sarah works in embroidery, print, animation, street art, zines and installations. She is best known for Letterbox Dublin, an interactive street art project featured on Sky Atlantic show Urban Secrets with Alan Cummings. The project is also featured in Dublin guide book Secret Dublin: An Unusual Guide by Pól Ó Conghail and letters from the project were exhibited on billboards around Dublin city and at Science Gallery Dublin. Her latest projects have been in stop motion animation, such as her paper cut animation Spectrum that was commissioned by the Ark, children's art centre. Her latest animaton won Best Animated Short at L-Dub Film Festival 2019 in Florida, USA. Sarah was also recently involved in fundraising for Together for Yes and the World Wildlife Fund designing and selling enamel pins and tote bags. In 2018/19 she exhibited 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. In 2011 Sarah founded the Dublin Zine Fair, an annual event that aimed to support, promote and celebrate independent DIY publishing. The fair ran for 5 years and received a lot of positive media attention including a full page spread in the culture section of The Irish Times.
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!