Sarah Nedovic

 

Sarah Nedovic creates sculptural lamps made of clay whose organic and sensuous forms are a joyous celebration of women.

 

Photography: Lauren Bamford

 
FINE DETAILS  | Styling -  Stephanie Stamatis .

FINE DETAILS | Styling - Stephanie Stamatis.

LADY ‘54   | Sarah Nedovic. Styling -  Stephanie Stamatis .

LADY ‘54 | Sarah Nedovic. Styling - Stephanie Stamatis.

 

Tell us about your journey as an artist - how did it begin?

I’ve always been creative. As a child I would often come home with pockets full of leaves and feathers. I was drawn to the colours and patterns within these unique little treasures. I still do this!  My car is full of random pieces I pick up on my walks. After I finished school, I studied Textile Design at RMIT and worked as a textile artist in the fashion industry for 13 years.  As I grew older, my interest shifted from fashion and textiles to the arts, art history and sculpture.

It’s really interesting how your connection to some things doesn’t change. I suppose this was an early sign I would become an artist. 

How did you first discover sculpture?

I started experimenting with sculpture a few years ago. It started as a hobby at nights and on weekends. I saw it as an opportunity to get my hands dirty and step away from the everyday routine of working as a textile designer. I enrolled in a life sculpture course, which is similar to life drawing but using clay to mould the human figure. From then on I was hooked. My style and technique using clay has evolved a lot since those early days.

 
Sarah Nedovic in her Melbourne home.

Sarah Nedovic in her Melbourne home.

LADY ‘99     | Sarah Nedovic. Styling -  Stephanie Stamatis .

LADY ‘99 | Sarah Nedovic. Styling - Stephanie Stamatis.

 

Your lamp designs are named after women - tell us a little about this?

I started calling my lamp sculptures ladies because I felt really connected to each piece and wanted them to have an identity. I also wanted my work to be a celebration of women. The sculptures are named after significant women in history, for example Lady ’75 is named after the late sculptor Barbara Hepworth (1903-1975).

What first sparked the inspiration to create them?

My mother-in-law gave my husband and I a pair of lamps by the London-based sculptor, Margit Wittig. Shortly after that, one of my friends gave me a bag of clay. Those two gifts really ignited my passion for designing the lamps.  

What’s your design process like?

I start by drawing the designs in my notebook. I have countless pages of shapes and ideas for lamps. Once I have decided on a design, I start hand building the body of the lamp from clay. Often the lamp design evolves during construction and I will end up with something quite different from the original drawing. 

 
AT HOME  | Inside artist Sarah Nedovic’s Melbourne home.

AT HOME | Inside artist Sarah Nedovic’s Melbourne home.

 
I feel that when you create something by hand, you leave a part of yourself in the design.
 
LADY ‘18     | Sarah Nedovic.   Styling -  Stephanie Stamatis .

LADY ‘18 | Sarah Nedovic. Styling - Stephanie Stamatis.

LADY ‘75     | Sarah Nedovic. Styling -  Stephanie Stamatis .

LADY ‘75 | Sarah Nedovic. Styling - Stephanie Stamatis.

 

Where do you go for inspiration?

I can find inspiration almost anywhere. I’m creatively ‘on’ a lot of the time. The star shape on the first lamp I designed was inspired by a vintage Christian Lacroix earring from Vestiaire Collective. I bought the earrings when I got my first order enquiry!

As an artist, what’s one design element you always return to ?

Balance. I like my lamps to have a certain harmony about them.

I design the shapes within each piece to complement one another, so the eye runs smoothly over the design. I think people see beauty in balance.

What are you most looking forward to for the remainder of this year?

I just had my first baby a few months ago, so I am really looking forward to spending our first summer at the beach as a family of three. 

 
LADY ‘43     | Sarah Nedovic.

LADY ‘43 | Sarah Nedovic.

Sarah Nedovic in her Melbourne home.

Sarah Nedovic in her Melbourne home.

 

See More from
sarah nedovic