Sarah Fern is a collector of anything and everything. Always having an interest in all media forms, combining ideas together to create a new language. Her collages grew out of experimentation and a love of old books. People can find something different in her work, discovering something new and unexpected.

When did you first discover your creative side?

Creativity has always been part of my life, but collage began with cutting out kittens from catalogues at my grandmas.

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Do you have an artist/song/playlist that you like to listen to when making works?

It changes depending on my mood, but the music is always playing loudly. Right now I have Tame Impala’s new album, Currents, on repeat.

Describe your dream location to seek inspiration and get creative?

Somewhere with lots of new visuals and lots of table space! Discovering new places or seeing an art exhibition; generally, other people’s creativity always inspires me to create.

What is your phone’s background right now?

One of Richard Mosses’ Infrared landscapes. Seeing his work at the 2013 Venice Biennale was a definite highlight.

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Do you have a favourite artist/designer or an artistic mentor?

I’m really lucky to be surrounded by inspiring people, not all are artists or designers but they have the approach to work and creation that I want, so I don’t know if I could pick a favourite.

When choosing an outfit, what is the most important item of clothing to consider?

I just consider how I’m feeling like dressing today, what vibe or colour I want to give out to the world that day.

What is it about collections and archives that fascinate you?

It’s something I’ve always done, collecting. I collect what I like or interest me. So other peoples’ are just as fascinating, it’s a small insight into who they are.

On a scale of ‘morning person’ to ‘night owl’, when would you say your peak focus time is?

I would say I’m a morning person, but with work and while I was at uni I’ve had to learn to be more of a night owl, though I’m still not very good at it.groovin_boom

Art and design aside, what are your top three favourite pastimes?

Gigs, spending time with friends and family, and I’m always up for an op shop.

What is the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Be yourself, it’s corny but true. There’s this James Victore poster that reads: “The things that make you weird as a kid will make you great tomorrow”, and I think it’s great to celebrate your weirdness.

Sarah Fern will be exhibiting her works for one night only at Citizens of the Streets Thursday 20th August
Shadow Electric Bandroom – Abbotsford, Vic
Doors 7pm – 11.00pm
Horace Bones
The Sand Dollars
Wise Child
Pretty City DJs
Photography by David Reece & Teresa Pham

More info via shadowelectric.com.au

www.notafern.com

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