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SARAH JAMIESON

Catseye Bay

SAY IT LOUD - Naarm Melbourne Exhibitor​
MELBOURNE/AUSTRALIA Designer

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The relentless experimentation and exploration of Spanish designer, Marti Guixe who positions himself as making 'concepts and ideas for commercial purposes'. I am inspired by the way he opens up what a restaurant or store can be through his projects.

SARAH JAMIESON

Bio:

Sarah Jamieson is director of Catseye Bay; a commercial design practice that foregrounds process and experimentation. The practice has been commissioned to design exhibitions, interiors, furniture and graphics for both cultural and private clients. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts, UNSW, Sydney (2004); Bachelor of Interior Design-Honours (2010) RMIT, Melbourne; and a Doctor of Philosophy, RMIT, Melbourne (2020).

How did you first learn about architecture and when did you decide that built environment profession was an area of interest for you?

I started experimenting outside the 'white cube' / gallery construct during my Fine Art degree. I decided to pursue design because I wanted to create projects that where ideas could be lived and encountered as a part of everyday life.

What do you do?

I design exhibitions, interiors, furniture and graphics through experimenting and exploring in client commissioned projects. I lead university design studios. I am a mentor to the AGNSW creative studio and Industry Advisor for RMIT Interior Design.

What excites you in the work you do?

Becoming immersed in the process of a project and responding creatively to things that happen. Remaining open to the spark of a new idea or a constraint that forces a directional change. I like not knowing what will happen next!

Who or what inspires you professionally?

The relentless experimentation and exploration of Spanish designer, Marti Guixe who positions himself as making 'concepts and ideas for commercial purposes'. I am inspired by the way he opens up what a restaurant or store can be through his projects.

 

What is your proudest professional accomplishment or achievement?

My PhD, which was awarded with recognition of outstanding work. ‘Catseye Bay design techniques‘ experimented with foregrounding process, movement and forces in commercial design projects. The PhD was a key project in founding Catseye Bay.

Featured Project Name: 

Gululu dhuwala djalkiri: welcome to the Yolŋu foundations

Featured Project Location: 

Chau Chak Wing Museum, Sydney

Featured Project Completion Date: 

18.11.20

Role in Featured Project: 

Designer

Featured Project Description:

The 350 artworks in 'Gululu dhuwala djalkiri' represent more than 20 Yolŋu clan groups and 100 artists.
The 420 square metre exhibition was created in collaboration with elders from Eastern Arnhem Land. The design process was guided by Yolŋu social and philosophical concepts. Key idea: Yolŋu art traces ancestral footsteps and is law. The floor is the main display surface, visitors walk 'with' the artworks. The walls frame quotes from Yolŋu elders - a wise exhibition guide.

Photography Credit:

Katherine Lu