Sarah Seahorse is Melbourne’s neon saturated award winning wearable artist, costume designer and craftivist specialising in wearable art that creates strong social, environmental and political commentary.
With over a decade of costume making experience, Sarah is a talented designer, seamstress, innovative pattern maker and mind-blowing maker of theatrical headwear. Her personal wearable art work is embedded with strong environmental and anti consumerism themes, such as her cult range of dumpster-dived wearable food art, encouraging conversations about food waste and consumerism.
Mostly self-taught, as well as being taught by her mother and grandmother from a young age, Sarah completed a diploma of costume for performance at Swinburne University in 2007.
Since then she has gone on to forge a successful path with her eponymous freelance costume design and theatrical millinery business. Sarah is the resident milliner, soft sculptor and art finisher at Circus Oz since 2011. She recently designed and made the costumes for NEON- the newest show created by Circus Oz in 2018, which will be travelling to Adelaide Fringe festival in 2019. Sarah creates bespoke costumes and millinery for many of Melbourne’s LGBTIQ and underground circus and cabaret performers such as Glitter and Snatch and Tenfingerz productions. Sarah recently worked with Candy Bowers and the award winning Black Honey Company to create the spectacular costumes for their new feminist hip hop fairy-tale ‘One the Bear that opened in Campbelltown NSW in 2017 and will debut at The Arts Centre , Melbourne, and Sydney Opera house in 2019.
Sarah and creative design partner Luna Aquatica won the International Design Award for Australia & the South Pacific at the prestigious World of Wearable Arts (WOW) Awards in Wellington, New Zealand in 2015 for their recycled textile creation “The Stitch Witch”. In 2017 they won third place in the Illumination Illusion category for their heartfelt homage to the Great Barrier Reef, entitled “Tears of the Nudibranch”. This work depicted the devastating coral bleaching event that coral reef’s are experiencing globally as a direct result of climate change and rising ocean temperatures.
Sarah has recently graduated from an applied bachelor of Community Development at Victoria University. A passionate believer in the importance of creative self-expression to transcend social barriers, and create a new way of connecting and sharing stories, Sarah sees wearable art and costume as the perfect vehicle to spread the important message of personal and collective development & social change.
Sarah has recently been teaching creative workshops through the Melbourne city Library Service.