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Introducing... The skillfull surprises of designer and maker Sarah Parker

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Hold the phone, Sarah Parker has just updated her website with some stunning projects that have made us go all giddy. What’s that? You don’t have a phone. Well hold your email, Sarah Parker’s just…What now? It’s not impossible. Change the settings. Oh whatever, anyway Sarah Parker’s new work is properly ace.

The Brighton University graduate has mastered the art of producing cool work for cool clients in a totally non try-hard way and her personal projects are pretty life-affirming too, in particular the Totally Tropical series of painstakingly set still-life. With commissions from *Wallpaper, Esquire and The Guardian as well as Honda, Uniqlo and Bompas & Parr on her CV it’s clear that her faultless eye for for composition and quirky detail has not gone unnoticed and it’s great to see a creative going from strength to strength with such flair.

It just felt rude not to get know her a little better, so we did…

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    Sarah Parker/Catherine Losing: Totally Tropical

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    Sarah Parker/Catherine Losing: Totally Tropical

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    Sarah Parker/Catherine Losing: Totally Tropical

Where do you work?

Though I have a studio in Stoke Newington I spend quite a lot of time on shoots at studios around London or out and about sourcing props and materials. It really depends upon the job I’m working on at the time – I quite like the variety really.  

How does your working day start?

Again, it depends upon what project I’m doing. Each day is different from the next. It could be an early call time for a shoot so I’m up super early heading out to the location, or a studio day would mean a more leisurely start at about 10am. A coffee and replying to emails usually gets me into the work zone.

How do you work and how has that changed?

At the moment a lot of my work involves collaborations with photographers, so it’s a lot more about working with other people than it used to be. I really enjoy the process of developing a project with someone else, from initial idea-sharing to making decisions on set. 

Where would we find you when you’re not at work?

For the last couple of weeks you’d have found me watching the Olympics! I’m slightly addicted. Though in general (apart from design stuff) my other passion is cooking (and eating of course) so I’d probably be in the kitchen or at a friend’s enjoying some good grub.

Would you intern for yourself?

Yes, I think so! I did a lot of internships and work experience when I finished uni – some good, some bad, the bad ones being where I didn’t learn or experience anything new. I’d like to think I could offer my interning self some genuine advice, interesting experiences and at the very least some decent tea and cake. 

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    Sarah Parker/Sam Hofman: British Fashion Council Menswear London Collections for GQ

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    Sarah Parker/Sam Hofman: British Fashion Council Menswear London Collections for GQ

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    Sarah Parker/Sam Hofman: British Fashion Council Menswear London Collections for GQ

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    Sarah Parker/Sam Hofman: British Fashion Council Menswear London Collections for GQ

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    Sarah Parker/Sam Hofman: British Fashion Council Menswear London Collections for GQ

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    Sarah Parker/Sam Hofman: British Fashion Council Menswear London Collections for GQ

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    Sarah Parker/Michael Bodiam: My Day on a Plate – Athletes’ Meals for Nowness

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    Sarah Parker/Michael Bodiam: My Day on a Plate – Athletes’ Meals for Nowness

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    Sarah Parker: Suck It Up

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    Sarah Parker: Suck It Up

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    Sarah Parker: Suck It Up

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Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

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