BA (Hons) Graphic Design alumna, Sarah Wickings, graduated from AUB in 2017.
Though it has only been a year since graduating, Sarah is already making an impact in the art and design industries. A Freelance Graphic Design and Collage Artist, she recently had work published in her first book, ‘Mix & Match’. We caught up with Sarah to find out more about her career and projects, and how she benefited from her time at AUB.
Congratulations on being published in your first book! How did it happen?
It actually happened while I was in my final year at AUB. Sandu Publishing based in Hong Kong got in contact and asked if I’d like to be part of their first book on contemporary collage. I checked out some other books they’d published and was impressed with the range, so I was excited to be involved.
Can you explain a little about what you do and how (if applicable) your role fits in with the organisation you work for?
I’m a Freelance Graphic Designer and Collage Artist. I work from my home studio mostly, but sometimes I use co-working office spaces. I’m currently working part-time as Junior Freelance Designer for made by blah. It works well as it gives me some spare days during the week to work on my own jobs with my clients. I also recently got back from a month in New York networking, and I’m hoping to gain some experience at agencies out there, this summer onwards.
Tell us about your career journey since graduating from AUB…
Shortly after I graduated I interned for a few agencies (TEMPLO and Williams Murray Hamm) and had my first solo exhibition in September. I was really stuck between both my design and collage careers, so I decided to go freelance full-time, meaning I could manage clients on both ends. I’ve spent the last nine months improving my portfolio and freelancing, which has been really enjoyable. I’m learning a lot about the business side of things too, in addition to improving my design and collage career.
How did you find your time at AUB?
My time at AUB was great. I miss it so much. Most of my course semi-lived in the studio and I really miss that atmosphere. It was a great learning environment to be in.
Finally, what’s your one piece of advice for the next generation of creatives?
Just to work really hard and network as much as you can. I’ve been networking constantly since I graduated and it really helps to build good relationships with people in the industry
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