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Sadie Cramer is an Irish illustrator who lives in a top secret hide-out on the shores of Lough Corrib, Galway with her husband and four children. Here is a look at her Galway Hooker inspired illustrations.
By means of drawing, painting, sculpture and installation, Sadie creates rhythmic forms, which are by turns, playful, colourful and humorous.
“I am excited by the prospect of creating a new character or something which didn’t previously exist and giving it life force of it’s own, compels me.” – Sadie Cramer
Deeply connected to children, much of Sadie’s work is both with them and for them. Channeling a child’s raw and honest energy is central to the process. Sadie says she loves their spontaneity, freedom and sense of composition and by constant involvement, adopt this approach in her own work.
As a facilitator, Sadie seeks to to draw out the creative spirit in everyone, be it children, families or the wider community. Listening is key to the entire process. Allowing a sense of fluidity to occur during projects and not having rigid views of the outcomes helps to ignite truthful responses to project titles.
“The element of serendipity must be encouraged to surface and be explored, affording greater ownership to the participants.” – Sadie Cramer
Whilst she gives direction, encouragement and advice, Sadie always urges people to do for themselves as much as possible and encourage original thought always. Clear communication needs to be present throughout the process. Whether selecting materials, making individual or group decisions, Sadie feels dialogue is paramount.
“My endeavour is that when clarity is established during the process, whether facilitating a group project or in relation to my own work, most effective communication with the viewer/audience is achieved.” – Sadie Cramer